The hit totals were nearly the same, but East Jessamine’s baseball team strung a few more together to beat Western Hills 5-0 Wednesday at WHHS.
“We didn’t get any situational hitting today,” WHHS coach Seth Knight said. “We hit the ball hard a couple of times, but we didn’t get it in the right situation today.”
East Jessamine (9-16) finished the game with eight hits while the Wolverines had seven.
The Jaguars scored single runs in the first, second and seventh innings. They strung together three hits in the third – singles by Mike Jones, Kyle Peel and Jarryd Settles – to score two runs.
Western Hills had two hits in both the second and fifth innings but weren’t able to capitalize.
“We’ve been practicing, working hard on focusing on each pitch, each play of the game, each out,” Knight said. “We’re trying to make sure they have a little fun. We’re teaching them how to be good teammates, to pick each other up.
“We saw signs of that tonight,” he added. “There was improvement. There were some physical mistakes made, mistakes on baseball plays we don’t know yet because we’re young.
“We go over them in practice, but when it happens in a game they go back to instincts, and they don’t have that yet.”
Kyle Stevens and Zack Barker each hit a double and single for the Wolverines, and Jacob Wright, James Johnson and Dylan Manley each had a base hit.
Ryan Barrass started on the mound for WHHS, and Chase Conner finished the game in relief.
Forrest Baldwin led East Jessamine with a double and single, and Kyle Peel singled twice.
Western Hills plays at Scott County today, and the Wolverines are hosting Holy Cross in a varsity doubleheader Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
“We’re working hard,” Knight said. “It’s a matter of confidence, a bloop falling in for a hit, catching a break here or there. Currently that’s not happening.
“We’re trying to get better every day. I told them we can get better or decide to stay a mediocre, very average team. Their attitudes are good for the most part, and they’re trying to do the right things.
“We have two weeks until the post-season, and that’s when we want to be playing our best.”