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BCHS Baseball 4-4

photo by Laurie Keen Photography
Bears double up Hopkins County Central, 12-6
MADISONVILLE - Butler County excelled on the road on Thursday, doubling up host Hopkins County Central 12-6 in a non-district high school baseball game.
With the win, Butler County improved to 4-4.
Hopkins County Central dropped to 0-4 with the loss.
Gage Ward drove in five runs to lead Butler County to the victory.
Both Butler County and Hopkins County Central managed to collect nine hits.
The Bears scored first and never trailed as Hopkins County Central was forced to play from behind throughout the matchup. Butler County started strong, plating three runs in the top half of the first inning. The Bears led 4-0 before Hopkins County Central countered with its first run in the bottom half of the second inning.
Hopkins County Central pulled to within one run of Butler County on two separate occasions but the Bears finished strong. Butler County plated five runs over its final two at-bats to pull away for the win.

Gage Ward on the mound.
In addition to providing an offensive lift at the plate, Ward earned the victory on the mound. He surrendered three runs on six hits over three innings, striking out four.
Two other Butler County pitchers, Zach Smith and Warren Cameron, pitched out of relief roles
Hayden Smith took the loss for the Storm. Smith surrendered nine runs on eight hits over six innings, striking out six.
Hunter McKee, Caleb Beasley and Parker Rice collected two hits apiece for the Bears.
Productive Butler County overcame three errors to earn the win.
Hayden Smith, Dalton Shadrick and Will Cothran led the Storm's offensive attack with two hits apiece.
Hopkins County Central struggled defensively, committing six errors.
The Butler County and Hopkins County Central baseball teams aren't scheduled to meet again during the current campaign.

Bears suffer shutout loss to Ohio County
MORGANTOWN - Host Butler County fell behind early and was limited throughout the game as Ohio County pulled away to win 9-0 in a non-district high school baseball game on Monday.
The Bears dipped back into the loss column after notching back-to-back wins over a pair of Alabama opponents.
With the loss, Butler County dropped to 3-3.
Ohio County evened its record to 3-3 with the win.
The Eagles moved ahead during the opening inning when Blaine Gillim singled on a 2-1 count to score one run.
Gage Ward accounted for Butler County's only hit in the game when he singled during the first inning.
Zach Gledhill took the win for the Eagles. Gledhill worked all seven innings, allowing only one hit and zero runs while striking out 11 and walking zero.
Ward took the loss for the Bears. He allowed two hits and four runs over two innings, striking out four.
Three different Butler County pitchers worked from the mound during the regular-season matchup. Zach Smith pitched four innings while Warren Cameron worked one frame for the Bears.
Gillim led Ohio County at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with a double. Gledhill and Jordan Tolle drove in two runs apiece as Ohio County prevailed.
The Eagles plated nine runs on nine hits in the winning effort.
In addition to producing nine runs, Ohio County thrived in the field. The Eagles turned in an error-free performance defensively.
Butler County committed three errors in the setback.
The Bears are scheduled to visit Ohio County for a regular-season finale on May 18.

Bears drop home game to Henderson County
MORGANTOWN - Butler County suffered its second straight loss on Tuesday as visiting Henderson County pulled away to win 6-2 in a non-district high school baseball game.
With the loss, Butler County dropped to 3-4.
As a result of the win, Henderson County improved to 5-4.
Henderson County pitcher Ethan Cartwright earned the win. Cartwright allowed six hits and two runs in five innings for the Colonels. He struck out six and walked one.
Jacob Workins closed the game out on the mound for the Colonels, allowing one hit and holding Butler County scoreless in two innings.
The Colonels scored first and never trailed. Henderson County plated two runs in the top half of the second inning to break open a scoreless game.
Butler County plated its first run in the bottom half of the fourth inning.
But Henderson County answered, scoring three runs in the top half of the fifth inning to move ahead 5-1.
Each team pushed across one run in the sixth inning.
Nolan Melton paced Henderson County at the plate, finishing 3-for-4.
Jake Willoughby delivered two hits and Alex Chumbler provided two RBIs for the Colonels in the victory.
Henderson County outhit the Bears 9-7.
Parker Rice took the loss for the Bears. He surrendered six runs on nine hits over six innings, striking out five.
Working out of a relief role for the Butler County, Duane Daniel pitched one scoreless inning.
Ross West went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Bears' offensive effort
Rice, Caleb Beasley and Gage Ward contributed one hit apiece for Butler County in the non-district matchup.
Defensively, Butler County committed three errors in the setback.
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