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After two tough losses last week, the Spencer County Bears got back on the winning track with an 8-1 victory over Gallatin County on Saturday afternoon in Taylorsville.
The Bears surrendered one run in the first inning but answered with three of their own in the bottom of the first and tacked on two more in the second to build a comfortable 5-1 lead in the second inning.
Bears’ starting pitcher Chase Barnes held the visitors in check and got out of a jam in the fifth inning with a bit of deception with first baseman Nick Vuick to quell a Gallatin scoring threat.
With a man on first base, Barnes faked a throw to first base forcing the runner to dive back to the bag. Vuick acted like the throw went over his head and Barnes joined in on the act, causing the runner to jump back to his feet and start off to second base. However, Barnes still had the ball in his glove and was able to make the tag on the runner who then realized he’d been fooled and tried in vain to return to first.
The Bears would add three more runs later in the game to secure the win.
Josh Ferency collected two hits in the game, while Collin Travis slugged a triple; Lance Shelton hit a double; and Barnes, Nathan Conard, Vuick and Blake Lambdin each had singles. Lambdin pitched the final inning to close out the game.
Earlier in the week, Spencer County fell at highly-ranked Collins 5-0. Collins came into the game with an impressive 20-1 record, but the Bears made it a competitive contest. The Titans got two runs in the bottom of the first inning and held the Bears scoreless. Spencer County collected only three hits on the game and gave up two errors. Coach Steve Slaughter said starting pitcher Nick Vuick pitched a good game, but the offense couldn’t produce the run support to keep the Bears in the game.
On Thursday, the Bears dropped an extra inning affair at Bullitt East, losing 4-3 in nine innings to another highly ranked team who had amassed an impressive 19-1 record. The host Chargers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but the Bears scored three times in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead. Bullitt East would tie the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and then scored the winning run in the ninth. Spencer had a chance in the top half of the ninth with the bases loaded and one out, but was unable to cross the plate.
Austin Heilman led the Bears at the plate with a double and two singles while Shelton, Travis, Brian Riggs and Ferency all had one hit.
The Bears were scheduled to host Frankfort on Monday and Shelby County on Tuesday before traveling to Louisville Moore on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and hosting Walton-Verona on Saturday at noon.
The Spencer County Lady Bears’ softball team dropped four more contests last week.
The girls lost on Tuesday at home to Western Hills, 12-1 and then followed that up with a 13-0 shutout loss to South Oldham. The woes continued on Thursday with a 10-0 shutout at Anderson County. The team then fell 13-0 to South Warren on Friday.
The girls are 1-16 and will try to find a way to get on the winning track this week beginning with a home game on Tuesday against Bullitt East and on the road Friday at Henry County.