Commanders earn first district win

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By John Overby

The Washington County Commanders pushed their regular-season record to 6-12 (1-2) with a win and three losses this past week.

Taylor County
WC senior Adam Smith smacked a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings against the Taylor County Cardinals (18-1) this past Monday night, but it wasn’t enough for the Commanders to pull out the win.

The Cardinals would find redemption with a two-run double of their own in the top of the eighth inning to seal the victory.

In addition to Smith’s inning-extending effort, the Commanders were led on offense by junior Wade Moore, who went 4-for-4 on the night with a run scored and an RBI.

Sophomore Trae Coulter (2-for-4) and junior Christopher Mann (3-for-4) were the only other WC players with multi-hit efforts.

Coulter also pitched an eight-inning complete game for the Commanders, striking out eight while only giving up five hits and walking two batters.

Only two of Taylor’s runs were earned, but Coulter still picked up the loss in the effort.

Shelby County
In his team’s 13-1 loss to the Shelby County Rockets (13-4) on Saturday, head coach Derek Schuler was, to say the least, disappointed with his team’s effort.

“We didn’t hit, we didn’t field and we didn’t pitch well,” Schuler said. “It was just a poor performance as a team.”

The Commanders were run-ruled after only five innings of work, only the second time this season WC wasn’t able to finish a game.

Thomas Nelson
WC recorded its first district win of the season when it faced off against the Thomas Nelson Generals (6-13, 0-3) last week.

WC had eight hits on the evening, with three players  achieving multi-hit performances (Smith, Moore and freshman Garrett Floyd each went 2-for-3). Smith drove in two of the team’s three runs, while junior Anthony Osbourne plated the other run.

Senior Travis Mattingly picked up the win on the mound, pitching 5 1/3 innings. Moore picked up the save, only allowing one hit in the final 1 1/3 innings.

The Commanders also bested Thomas Nelson in junior varsity action. Schuler especially lauded the pitching performance of Evan Mattingly, who threw a no-hitter and narrowly missed out on a perfect game after giving up a walk.

WC gave up five runs in the final three innings to relinquish a late-inning lead against the Bardstown Tigers (6-7, 1-0) last week, ultimately losing 7-5.

The turning point in the game came in the top of the sixth inning, when Bardstown scored three runs to gain a 6-4 lead.

The lead-off hitter recorded a single and then stole second. He would then score on a single.

One baserunner later, a two-run double proved to be the deciding factor in the game, as the Tigers refused to relinquish the lead again.

Coulter threw a complete game for the Commanders, striking out nine but giving up 14 hits.

At the plate, the Commanders recorded seven hits on the evening, with Floyd earning the team’s only multi-hit game (2-for-3).

The Commanders played Elizabethtown after press time. Their next contest will be a road contest tomorrow evening against Nelson County.