Western Hills slips by Woodford Co.

Fisher throws complete game shutout, allows just 1 hit

By Linda Younkin Published:

Western Hills pitcher Kyle Fisher had been in this position before, and this time he wanted a different ending.

He got it.

Fisher pitched a complete game shutout Thursday against Woodford County, giving up just one hit — a bunt single in the seventh inning — and WHHS won 2-0 at home.

“Last year we played Madison Central and I had a one-hitter going into the last inning,” Fisher said. “I got the first two outs and they said I’d reached my pitch count and took me out with one out left.

“I told coach at the start of the seventh ‘don’t take me out with one out left. Don’t do that to me again.’”

WHHS coach Eric Grubb didn’t, and after Eli Boggess led off the top of the seventh with a bunt single, Fisher got the next three batters out to preserve the shutout and the win.

“He did an excellent job,” Grubb said of Fisher. “We’ve been waiting for him to get back into pitching shape. He played basketball, and that pushed him back, and then when he got out here he got a concussion and that pushed him back a couple of weeks.

“This is the first game he’s been stretched that far. I didn’t want to stretch him out that far but it was a tight game, and he told me he wasn’t coming out of the game.”

The game was scoreless until the third inning when WHHS’ Tyler Anglin beat out an infield hit, stole second and scored on a single by Kyle Stevens.

In the sixth inning Seth Roush led off with a double, took third on a base hit by Jesse Howard and scored the game’s final run on a wild pitch.

“Their pitchers did a great job, too,” Grubb said. “They kept us off balance with the fastball and curveball. We put the ball in play but didn’t hit it hard, but we were able to scratch out five hits and put up a couple of runs.”

Thursday’s win was the second time the Wolverines (10-10) have shut out Woodford (5-14). WHHS defeated the Yellow Jackets 5-0 April 16 in Versailles with Stevens pitching a three-hit complete game for the victory.

Western Hills is 4-1 in district play with one regular-season district game remaining.

“So far in district play our pitchers have done a very good job,” Grubb said. “We just need to keep hitting. It doesn’t do any good to hold a team to one or two runs if we’re not scoring.
“We have to get timely hits, put pressure on the other team and force them to make plays.”

The Wolverines didn’t have to make many plays Thursday. Fisher struck out 10 batters, four of them looking.

“I hit spots with my fastball,” he said. “It’s my most consistent pitch. The velocity isn’t what it used to be, but that takes time. It’ll come back.”

Fisher missed the first two weeks of baseball practice because he was playing basketball and missed two weeks of the season with a concussion he got playing third base. An opponent tried to jump over Fisher in a play at third and kneed him in the head.

“Today he was throwing strikes, using his fastball and curveball,” Grubb said. “He competed. That’s the Kyle we’ve seen the last couple years and hopefully we’ll see the next month, month and a half.”

WHHS’ hits were a double by Roush, two singles by Howard and singles from Anglin and Stevens.

Pete O’Nan was Woodford’s starting pitcher and went three innings. Blake Hacker finished the game in relief. The Yellow Jackets are now 3-2 in district play.

WHHS plays its last regular-season district game today against Frankfort at Charlie Figg Field. Game time is 5 p.m.

The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed because of poor field conditions.

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