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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
As the old saying goes, “It’s one thing to get to the top, it’s another thing to stay there.” That’s what Washington County boys’ baseball head coach Derek Schuler is experiencing right now as the Commanders have locked up the top seed in the upcoming district tournament later this month, but they feel like every game from now until the end of the season is important.
“Last week was a big week, getting the sac fly against Nelson County to beat them and then getting the two-run walkoff home run by Tyler Smith to beat Bethlehem on Friday, that’s huge,” Schuler said. “We beat Bardstown last Tuesday and Nelson County lost to Bethlehem, so that gives us the one seed. That’s what we wanted. It gives us a chance to do what we want in the tournament, playing the fourth seed that first game. We started off at 5-9, but we’re where we want to be right now.”
Before Thursday night’s 7-2 loss to Mercer County, Schuler talked about WC entering the home stretch of the season.
“We’ve won nine of our last 11,” he said. “We’re playing well, we’re just planning toward districts, looking to get better.”
The Commanders beat Bardstown 10-6 on Tuesday with senior Tyler Smith on the hill. After the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, WC sent nine batters to the plate and put five runs on the board.
Bardstown added three in the third to climb to within a run, trailing 5-4, but the Commanders answered with four of their own to go up 9-4 after three innings.
The Tigers got one run in the fourth and another in the sixth to trail 9-6. The Commanders added one more to take a 10-6 lead.
Senior pitcher Joseph Hamilton came on in relief in the seventh to shut the door on the Tigers.
For more Commander action from this past week, see this week's Springfield Sun.