Western Hills’ baseball team followed its game plan, and it led to a victory that clinched the No. 1 seed in the 41st District tournament.
WHHS (11-10) took an early lead and rode that momentum to a 10-2 victory over Frankfort High Friday at Charlie Figg Field.
“We’ve been saying all year we want to score first, put some pressure on them to come back,” WHHS coach Eric Grubb said. “We’ve been in a handful of close games where the other team scores first and we have to dig ourselves out of a hole.”
The WHHS-Frankfort game was the first in a doubleheader for FHS, which defeated Trimble County 15-13 in the nightcap.
Western Hills scored three runs in the first inning with a walk to Seth Roush and four consecutive singles by Kyle Stevens, Jesse Howard, Thomas Bennett and Kyle Fisher.
They added single runs in the second, third and sixth innings, getting the leadoff man on base each of those innings. Brendan Cummins’ single in the second and Howard’s double in the sixth were the only hits in those three innings.
“Offensively we were really aggressive,” Grubb said. “We had a bunch of hit and runs, a bunch of sacrifices, a bunch of stolen bases, just being aggressive and taking what we could get.”
WHHS scored two runs in the fifth with an error, two walks and a two-run single from Cummins.
Frankfort, trailing 8-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, scored two runs in the sixth with a double by Charles Pearl and singles by McKinley Stonewall, Jeffery Quire and Zack Miller.
Quire and Miller drove in runs with their hits.
“We made contact in both games,” FHS coach Jerrad Robin said. “Once one or two hits fall in, their confidence goes up and everyone starts swinging the bats better.”
Western Hills closed out the scoring with two runs in the seventh inning.
Howard went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles for WHHS, Cummins singled twice, and Stevens, Bennett, Fisher and Parker Jackson each had a base hit for the Wolverines. Stevens, Bennett and Cummins all drove in two runs.
Stevens was WHHS’ starting pitcher and went five innings. Roush and Jackson pitched in the sixth inning, and Logan Etherington finished the game.
Charles Pearl hit a double for Frankfort, and Dre Scott, Stonewall, Quire, Miller and Preston Pearl all singled.
Connor Kelley started on the mound for the Panthers and pitched 4 1/3 innings, and Charles Pearl finished the game in relief.
Friday’s game was the final regular-season district game for both teams. WHHS was 5-1 in district play and Frankfort was 0-6.
Western Hills plays its next game Tuesday at Henry Clay.
>FHS capped off its doubleheader with a 15-13 win over Trimble County.
The Panthers pounded out 14 hits, led by Stonewall with a home run, two doubles and a single.
“Stonewall went 4-for-5,” Robin said. “He had a great offensive night.”
Miller hit a double and single, Kelley, Connor Slone and Russell Lile all singled twice, and Charles Pearl and Scott each had a base hit.
Scott was Frankfort’s starting pitcher and went four innings before being relieved by Charles Pearl. Slone started the seventh inning and went 2/3 of an inning, and Scott finished the game.
Frankfort (7-9) plays its next game Monday at Henry County.
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