The Wildcats dropped a doubleheader at defending district champion Livingston Central Saturday 6-1 and 9-3.
The losses dropped Trigg County to 4-10 overall and 1-2 in district play. The Wildcats can climb back over .500 in the district this Friday when they host Caldwell County in a doubleheader at the Complex.
"We’ve been playing better baseball the past couple of weeks, but we just can’t seem to get that big hit when we need it," Embrey said.
In the opener, Trigg County managed just five hits off Livingston pitcher Adam White in falling 6-1 on a blustery afternoon in Smithland.
Trigg spotted Livingston a first inning run on a single, stolen base, and two groundouts, but tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning.
Corey Greenman started the two-out rally with a single and came around to score on consecutive singles by Kirk Garner and Corey Harrison.
Tyler Hunter drove in the go-ahead runs in Livingston’s half of the fourth inning for a 3-1 lead. The Cardinals tacked on three runs in the sixth inning for the final margin.
"That has been a problem for us all year long. We have that one inning where we walk a few people and let them score, and it turns into a big inning," Embrey said.
Corey Harrison (2-2) allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work and actually lowered his season ERA to 2.07.
Greenman had two hits to lead Trigg County and raise his season average to .341. Garner, Harrison, and Lucas Riddle had Trigg’s other three hits.
Livingston Central (11-4) banged out nine hits on the afternoon, but White was the game’s MVP, striking out 11 Wildcat batters in seven innings.
In the nightcap, Trigg managed one more hit than the opener (six) but couldn’t overcome some shoddy defense in losing 9-3.
Jacob Wadlington (0-3) took the loss on the mound, allowing nine runs in six innings, but five of the runs he allowed were unearned.
Trigg County committed five errors in the game, with Livingston Central’s leadoff man reaching base via the error in three of the first four innings.
"Jacob pitched really well but didn’t get a lot of support from the defense. Again, we were in the game until that one bad inning did us in," said Embrey.
The Cardinals sandwiched single runs in the first and fourth innings around a three-run second inning to build a 5-0 lead.
The Wildcats answered with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 5-2.
Wadlington reached on an error, and Kyle Allen followed with a single.
Jordan McNichols, Trigg’s leading hitter with a .500 batting average, clubbed a two-run double – his eighth extra base hit of the season.
Livingston answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Lucas Riddle doubled in the seventh inning and came around to score on a Ryan Eubanks single for Trigg’s final run of the game.
McNichols accounted for two of Trigg’s six hits, with Allen, Corey Greenman, Riddle, and Eubanks collecting the other four.
The Wildcats were scheduled to play at Lyon County Tuesday and return to the diamond Thursday at Union County before returning home for Friday’s doubleheader with Caldwell County.
Calloway County 9
Trigg County 0
Calloway County pounded out 12 hits in handing the Wildcats a 9-0 setback April 21 at Lake Field in Murray.
The Lakers sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring four runs and setting an early tone that Trigg County couldn’t answer.
Calloway (13-2) added two more runs in the third inning and three in the fifth.
Jordan McNichols paced Trigg’s offense with two hits, while Kyle Allen, Corey Greenman, and Ryan Eubanks all pitched in with singles.
The Wildcats had several opportunities to dent the scoreboard early, putting runners in scoring position in three of the first four innings but coming up empty. Trigg left eight batters stranded in the game.
Austin McCuiston picked up the win on the mound for Calloway County, allowing four hits and fanning seven in five innings.
John David Fourqurean (0-2) suffered the loss for the Wildcats, giving up nine runs and ten hits in four-and-a-third innings.