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Despite a tumultuous two weeks off the field, the Marion County High School baseball team won three of four games against region competition last week during a home stand at Hourigan Field. The Knights improved their record to 15-12 overall.
Junior Paul Spalding had a hot bat again last week as he hit two home runs in four games, both in the bottom of the sixth to change the outcome of the game.
The Knights also bid farewell to the team's lone senior, Joseph Lewis, on Saturday during Senior Day festivities.
Washington County 12, Marion County 3
The Commanders evened the season series at a game apiece with well-placed hits all day Saturday at Hourigan Field.
"Washington County came out and swung the bat," Knights Head Coach Chad Spalding said. "Everything was in the hole or on the line. We had four errors and gave up 18 hits. We're fortunate they had only 12 runs."
The Knights couldn't find their rhythm from the get go, as Washington County jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
"I never felt our kids gave up. A lot of teams give up but my kids didn't," Spalding said.
The Knights did fight back in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend the game. Down 11-1 and in danger of ending the game due to the ten run rule, the Knights scratched out two runs to play the full game.
Joe Lewis took the loss from the mound for the Knights. Devin Spalding led the offense with two singles. Joey Costello recorded the first hit of his varsity career, a double in the bottom of the fifth.
Washington 5 0 0 2 1 3 1 12 18 3
Marion 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 8 3
Marion County 6, Bardstown 3
Paul Spalding hit a home run over the left field wall for the second time in three days to swing the momentum of a game.
On Friday against Bardstown at Hourigan Field, Spalding hit a three run homer to turn a 3-3 tie into a three run lead that would stop the Tigers cold.
"Paul is rising to the occasion," Spalding said. "Every opportunity to win a game, he's kind of been there. These are great moments for him and our team. He's really coming on for us."
Eric Farmer earned the win from the mound with two strike outs and one earned run in two innings.
Bardstown 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 5 2
Marion 0 1 1 0 0 4 x 6 10 1
Marion County 8, LaRue County 7
The Knights came up with a huge win on Thursday night at Hourigan Field against the LaRue County Hawks.
Freshman Devin Spalding came up big at the plate with two triples, one that would drive in the tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
"It was tremendous the way he was swinging the bat," Spalding said. "He's hitting close to .500 for the last eight games. As a freshman he's just really growing into becoming a good baseball player," Chad Spalding said.
Dylan Mattingly earned the win with five hits and no earned runs in four innings.
"We threw Landon Baker at the start and Davis comes in and does a super job," Spalding said. "We just rode him. He kept putting up zeros and the next thing you know (the team) starts believing."
The Knights avenged an 8-1 drubbing from earlier in the season at the LaRue County Invitational. The Hawks have the third best record in the Fifth Region.
LaRue 1 0 3 0 2 1 0 7 9 1
Marion 0 0 2 1 3 2 x 8 9 3
Marion County 6, Nelson County 4
Paul Spalding broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a three run blast that bounced off the foul pole in left field on Wednesday at Hourigan Field.
Spalding and freshman Devin Spalding were the only Knights to get a hit as Nelson's pitching staff was wild and walked eight batters. The Spalding's collected two hits apiece.
Devin Spalding earned the win from the mound as the Knights knocked off a big region opponent.
"The kids are finding ways to win," Spalding said. "They're simply buying into what we're telling them and that is legit and that's making me happy. A win against Nelson was a big win, they've won more games than we have and have a program that goes to the region frequently and gets to the semi finals regularly."
The Knights host Russell County (22-8) on Wednesday at Hourigan Field and travel to Breathitt County (14-13) on Friday. District tournament play begins on Monday at Taylor County High School. Campbellsville and Adair County play at 6 p.m. and the Knights take on Adair County at 8 p.m.
District tournament bracket
(1) Campbellsville vs. (4) Adair County
May 24 at 6 p.m. EST
(2) Marion County vs. (3) Taylor County
May 24 at 8 p.m. EST
Winner of Campbellsville/Adair vs. winner of Marion/Taylor
May 25 at 6:30 p.m. EST
All games will be played at Taylor County High School