Wildcats drop three at Fort Campbell tournament
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
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Trigg County’s baseball team would have a good record in the works if Saturday games did not count.

The Wildcats dropped all three games at Fort Campbell’s Air Assault Classic over the weekend, including both games Saturday.

Trigg has lost all seven games they’ve played on Saturday, getting outscored 79-22 in the process.

On Saturday, the Wildcats lost to Murray 13-1 and to Muhlenberg South 7-6 in a contest that featured a bizarre ending.

Trigg County opened the tournament Friday with a 7-6 loss to Fort Campbell as several players were out of the lineup attending Trigg’s Prom.

Against Muhlenberg South (9-13), the Wildcats outhit the Suns 13-6, but stranded six runners and committed five errors in the field.

"We just didn’t play well Saturday. I don’t know if Prom kept them up all night, but we looked like we were sleepwalking in the field," Wildcat coach Jeff Embrey said.

After South used three hits, a walk, and an error to score four runs in the first inning, Trigg answered with a single run in the second and five more in the third.

Evan Roberts singled home Kyle Allen for Trigg’s first run in the second.

Justin Butts doubled home two runs in the third, and Allen and Corey Greenman followed with RBI singles to pull Trigg to within 7-6.

Trigg Count appeared to tie the game in the top of the seventh when Butts doubled to lead off the frame. Pinch runner Evan Deloach advanced to third on a wild pitch.

After a shallow fly out, Jordan McNichols roped a liner to left field that was caught for the second out. Deloach tagged up and scored what was thought to be the tying run, but Muhlenberg South appealed that Deloach left the bag too soon. The umpire concurred and called Deloach out, ending the game.

"It was the right call. I’ve never seen a game end up like that, but he made the right call," Embrey said after the Wildcats fell to 5-14 on the season.

Butts, Allen, and Josh Cain each had three hits for the Wildcats, who have raised their season average to .291.

Cain also took the loss on the mound, allowing just three earned runs in five innings of work. He struck out two and walked five.

Murray 13

Trigg County 1

Murray banged out 11 hits and took advantage of six Trigg errors in handing the Wildcats a 13-1 loss in a game called after six innings due to the ten-run mercy rule.

Justin Butts singled home Ben Wadlington for Trigg’s lone run in the fourth inning, as Murray scored five in the third and four more in the fourth inning to take control of the game.

Murray pitcher Hugh Rollins scattered seven hits and stranded six Wildcat runners.

Butts, J.R. Davis, and Jordan McNichols each had two hits for the Wildcats.

Antonio Kendall belted two home runs and drove in five runs for the Tigers (8-7).

Fort Campbell 7

Trigg County 6

With six starters attending Prom, the Wildcats were forced to field a lineup of mostly J.V. players and nearly pulled off the win against the Falcons in Friday’s opener.

The Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 6-5 lead, with a single by Ryan Eubanks that scored two runs the big blow of the inning.

However, Cole Vincent walked to lead off the seventh for Fort Campbell (2-15), and Nate Johnson followed with a single. After both runners advanced on an error, both would score on consecutive wild pitches.

Devin Morris, getting the start in centerfield, had two of Trigg’s six hits and stole a base.

Eubanks also had two hits and drove in a career-high four runs.

Corey Harrison took the loss in relief for the Wildcats.
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