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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
Although the Commanders’ bid to advance in state All ‘A’ play was halted by a 6-0 loss to DeSales last Wednesday, it was still a good week for Washington County baseball. The team got a couple of big district wins over Bethlehem and Bardstown to grab a share of the 19th District pie.
After shutting out Bethlehem 4-0 on April 1 in Campbellsville, the Commanders went two up on the Eagles on April 20 by beating Bethlehem 7-3 in Bardstown for their first district win of the season.
Things were calm in the early going with neither team making much noise, but the Commanders took the lead in the top of the fourth and never looked back. The Eagles threatened in the bottom of the frame, answering with two runs of their own, but the Commanders got some insurance in the sixth and seventh innings, chalking up a pair of runs in each at-bat.
Senior Tyler Smith started on the hill for WC, pitching five innings of four-hit, two-run ball, striking out five and walking five.
Junior Travis Smith came on in relief in the sixth and pitched two solid innings, giving up just one hit to ice the win for the Commanders.
At the plate, junior catcher Seth Mattingly led WC with two RBIs on two hits. Senior third baseman Fergus McCain also had two hits while shortstop Trae Abell, left fielder Alex Simms, center fielder Ben Simms and first baseman Jordan Settles all had one hit.
“Tyler Smith threw a good game and gave us a chance,” said head coach Derek Schuler. “Travis Smith came in and gave us some huge relief work.”
The Commanders improved to 2-0 in 19th District action by thumping the visiting Tigers on April 23.
For the rest of this story, see this week's print edition of The Springfield Sun.