Trinity's baseball team came into Saturday's game at Franklin County with a 21-2 record and a No. 7 ranking in the state.
The Shamrocks left with a win, but it took eight innings for the team from Louisville to pull out the 2-1 victory.
"I'm pretty happy," FCHS coach Deron McDonald said. "We played well enough to be right there with them. I think this helped us a whole lot."
Trinity, now 22-2, scored its first run in the second inning with consecutive singles by Dillon Lawson, Sean Duggins and Brian Brohm, but Duggins tried to get to third on Brohm's hit and was tagged out as Brohm went to second.
Chance Cianciola was hit by a pitch, Tyler Kuhn followed with a single, and Brohm tried to score on Kuhn's hit. Brohm was thrown out at the plate by FCHS rightfielder Shane Slattery for the third out, leaving the score at 1-0.
Franklin County's Joe Maciag pitched out of a couple of jams over the next five innings. Trinity had two runners on with one out in the fifth inning, but Maciag picked off Eric Weining at first base for the second out, and a grounder to third ended the inning.
In the sixth inning the Rocks had two runners on with a hit batsman and a walk. After a sacrifice bunt by Lawson advanced the runners, Duggins got on with an intentional walk to load the bases. A strikeout and groundout stranded the runners and left the score at 1-0.
"Joe pitched an excellent game," McDonald said. "He threw enough off-speed pitches to keep them off balance."
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