Bears beat Hancock County, return to win column
HAWESVILLE - Butler County beat homestanding Hancock County 9-4 to return to the win column on Friday, April 2.
The Bears dealt Hancock County its first loss in the 2021 high school baseball season.
After nothing the win, Butler County improved to 3-1.
Hancock County dropped to 3-1 following the loss.
Hunter McKee earned the win on the mound for the Bears. McKee allowed four hits and three runs over five innings, striking out nine.
Will Embry threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen for visiting Butler County.
Hancock County hurler Logan Willis took the loss. Willis pitched one inning, allowing four runs on two hits while striking out two and walking zero.
Ryan Ogle started the game on the mound for the Hornets. Ogle pitched four innings, allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.
The Bears outhit Hancock County 7-5.
Ross West led Butler County at the plate, providing two hits in four at-bats. McKee, Carter Graham, Kolton Hudson, Jordan McCrady and Eli Lewis added one hit apiece for the Bears. Hudson delivered two RBIs for Butler County while McKee, Leevi McMillin and Chance Castlen drove in one run apiece.
Excelling defensively, Butler County turned in an error-free performance.
Kaleb Keown and Cole Dixon collected two hits apiece for the Hornets.
Struggling defensively, Hancock County committed three errors.
Bears drop game to Logan County
RUSSELLVILLE - Visiting Butler County was limited offensively as Logan County pulled away to win 7-3 in a high school baseball game on Thursday, April 1.
Following the loss, Butler County dropped to 2-1.
Logan County evened its record to 1-1 after notching the win.
The Bears and Cougars were tied 3-3 at the conclusion of the second inning. Taking control of the high school baseball matchup, Logan County plated four runs over its next three at-bats to separate itself from the Bears.
Sam Brown was the winning pitcher for the Cougars. Brown pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four and walking one.
Contributing on the mound for Logan County, Jaxon Hendrix pitched two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Butler County pitcher Jake McKee suffered the pitching loss. McKee allowed four hits and five runs over two and two-thirds innings while striking out two.
Logan County edged the Bears 6-5 in the hits column and won despite committing three errors.
Kruise Newman led Logan County offensively, finishing 2-for-2. Brown and Blake Wood drove in two runs apiece for the Cougars.
McKee, Ross West, Chance Castlen, Eli Lewis and Carter Graham each collected one hit to help pace Butler County at the plate. West drove in two of the Bears' three runs.
The Bears committed two errors in the setback.