Wildcat offense struggles in wooden bat tourney
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Wildcat baseball coach Jeff Embrey likened the McCracken County Wooden Bat Tournament held over the weekend to spring training of sorts.

The Wildcats dropped all four games in the two-day tournament, but Embrey got a good idea of how his pitching staff shapes up and who can play where.

"Everyone in the tournament struggled to hit the ball except for Heath because of the wooden bats," Embrey said. "But we faced some good pitching and played better Saturday than we did Friday. The tournament got us ready to go for the rest of our season."

Trigg County struggled on the tournament’s first day, losing to Ripley, Tenn. 10-4 and to Heath 19-4.

Saturday, the Wildcats had trouble getting their bats going, falling to Poplar Bluff, Mo. 2-1 and to Reidland 7-1.

Against Poplar Bluff, sophomore Taylor Lowary turned in the season’s best pitching performance even though it resulted in a loss.

The Wildcat hurler allowed just four hits in six-and-a-third innings, walking three and striking out five.

"Taylor threw a heck of a game for us, but we couldn’t give him any run support," Embrey said.

A stolen base and a passed ball allowed Poplar Bluff’s first run to score on a groundout in the third inning.

A leadoff triple, followed by a single plated another run in the fourth inning for the Missouri school.

The Wildcats scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jordan McNichols led off with a double and came around to score.

Trigg County had a chance to tie the game in the final inning when Jacob Wadlington walked and stole second base but was left stranded.

The Wildcats could muster only four hits off Poplar Bluff’s Jason Albritton, who walked three and struck out five.

Reidland 7

Trigg County 1

Two bad innings came back to haunt the Wildcats, who dropped the final game of the wooden bat tourney Saturday to Reidland by a 7-1 score.

The Greyhounds pieced together four hits in the first inning to plate three runs off losing pitcher Corey Harrison.

Reidland added another run in the second inning for a 4-0 lead and let their pitcher, Corey Beasley, do the rest.

Beasley struck out seven and induced five groundouts in picking up the win.

Three errors by the Wildcats in the fifth inning helped Reidland score three more runs and put the gamre out of reach.

Trigg’s only run came in the seventh inning when consecutive singles by Corey Greenman and Lucas Riddle scored Jordan McNichols, who led off the inning with a walk.

Greenman had three of Trigg County’s seven hits and stole a base.

"We just didn’t hit the ball well. We ran out of pitching and were limited in who we could throw because of the number of games we played over the two days," Embrey said.

Ripley, Tenn. 10

Trigg County 4

The Wildcats let a 4-1 lead slip away as wildness on the mound and errors in the field plagued Trigg in their tourney-opening loss Friday at Heath.

John David Fourqurean led off the second inning with a single, and two errors allowed him and Lucas Riddle, who walked, to score.

After Ripley answered with a run in their half of the second inning, the Wildcats added two more in the third.

Jacob Wadlington led off with a single and scored on Jordan McNichols’ RBI single.

Walks to Fourqurean and Riddle loaded the bases, and a third consecutive free pass to Kirk Garner forced in McNichols for a 4-1 lead.

McNichols had two of Trigg’s four hits on the night.

But the Wildcats only mustered one hit over the final four innings, and Ripley took advantage of five walks and a hit batter on the third inning to take a 5-4 lead.

Ripley added another run in the fourth and four more in the fifth for the final six-run margin.

Wadlington took the loss on the mound, giving up just three earned runs, but was done in by five walks.

Heath 19

Trigg County 3

The defending First Region champions made short work of the Wildcats, scoring eight times in the first and six more times in the third inning before the mercy rule was invoked.

The game didn’t start until after 10 p.m. Friday because an earlier game had been pushed back, throwing the schedule off by two hours.

Embrey said the team wasn’t notified of the change until they arrived in Paducah for their first game.

The Wildcats scored their three runs in the third inning.

Ryan Eubanks led off the frame with a single and scored on a fielder’s choice.

A walk to John David Fourqurean plated another run, and Taylor Lowary followed with an RBI single that scored Kyle Allen.

"Just not a good night for us. We had two starters have to leave early because the game was running too late, and they had to get up early Saturday to take their ACT test. Heath just hit the ball, and we couldn’t get them out," Embrey said.

Trigg County 8

Fort Campbell 7

A three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Trigg County an 8-7 win in their season-opener April 4 at the Complex.

The Wildcats used two hits, two Fort Campbell errors, and a walk in their comeback that ended when Ryan Eubanks scored on a fielder’s choice.

Taylor Lowary pitched the seventh inning and picked up the win, despite allowing a run.

Jordan McNichols had three hits, including a leadoff homerun in the fourth inning to put the Wildcats on the scoreboard.

Lucas Riddle added two hits and drove in two runs, while John David Fourqurean had an RBI double and scored three times.

Madisonville 18

Trigg County 5

Trigg County’s first road game of the season went the way of the hosts as Madisonville sent 12 batters to the plate in the third inning and scored eight times en route to an 18-5 win April 5 in Madisonville.

Trigg County did score five times in the fifth inning but couldn’t keep the game going as it was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Singles by Kirk Garner, Corey Greenman, and Kyle Allen plated a run, and a triple by John David Fourqurean cleared the bases for three more runs. Fourqurean then scored on a groundout by Ryan Eubanks.

Six different players had hits for the Wildcats, while Madisonville rapped out 16 hits.
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