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“It was simply inexcusable what went down today!”
Trimble County Coach Frank Ragland’s displeasure with his team’s performance was quite evident throughout Saturday’s baseball outing at Southwestern in Hanover. The Raiders led briefly but were stunned 14-7 in the Rebels’ season opener.
“We didn’t hit the ball. We didn’t field the ball. We didn’t throw the ball. We didn’t catch the ball. It’s as simple as that,” Ragland said following the game.
Trimble scored early, putting two runs across the plate in the top of the first inning, but stranded three runners with the bases loaded. Southwestern tied the score in their half of the inning. Three batters went to the plate and went back to the dugout empty-handed for both teams in the second inning.
Trimble failed to score in the third inning and stranded a runner. Southwestern took advantage of Trimble fielding mistakes in the bottom half of the inning to drive in four runs and take a 6-2 advantage.
The Raiders pulled within 6-4 with two runs in the top of the fourth, then took the Rebels down in order in Southwestern’s half of the inning. Starting pitcher Jimmy Duncan blasted a home run over the left field fence to open the fifth inning as the Raiders drew within one run at 6-5. Again Trimble loaded the bases but Southwestern picked off the runner at third base to close the inning. Trimble had stranded two more base runners.
Southwestern’s bats came alive in the bottom half of the fifth inning as the Rebels put eight runs on the scoreboard to take a commanding 14-5 advantage. Trimble scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning, then stranded two runners. Trimble’s Luke Sands reached base on a walk in the seventh inning but his teammates couldn’t bring him around.
“We played like a bunch of sorry dogs,” Ragland said. “That sums it all up. It was a sorry excuse for a game today we played.”
The loss closed a busy week for the Raiders who fell 17-7 at North Oldham on March 28, beat Gallatin County 11-0 behind a strong, no-hitter performance by Duncan on the mound, and edged Henry County 3-2 at home on Thursday. The Raiders, now 3-3, were to have hosted Frankfort Monday but that game was rained out. Trimble hosted Eminence last night. Results of that game were not available at press time.