There will be a new Fifth Region Class A baseball champion this season.
Three time defending Washington County was sent to the sidelines Monday night when they were eliminated by Green County 5-3 at Idle Hour Park.
The visitors were able to secure the win despite being without the services of ace pitcher Brennen Milby. The Ohio State signee was sidelined with a sore arm, and Commander coach Derek Schuler says his team responded to the news well.
“Austin Walley is a good pitcher but I think our kids had a little more confidence when we told them about Milby,” he said
The Commanders took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning when Thomas Moore singled and later scored on a pick-off attempt.
Green County responded with a pair of runs in the second inning and threatened to break the game open when they loaded the bases with only one out in the fourth frame. Thomas Spalding was able to get out the jam when he struck out Blake Thompson and Toby Estes hit a bouncer back to the mound.
The Dragons added another run in the fifth inning with two outs as Spalding hit a batter and then issued three consecutive walks. They tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the sixth inning.
“I thought Thomas did a pretty good job and his pitch count wasn’t all that high so we left him in,” Schuler said. “But you can’t afford to give up walks like that.”
Schuler also bemoaned his team’s hitting.
“I didn’t think we were swinging the bat aggressively enough,” he noted. “That’s been a problem for us all year.”
Washington County did manage to add two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and ended the game with the tying run at the plate.
Michael Mann reached base on an error and scored after a walk to Quincy Purdom and a single by Michael Godshall. Purdom scored on a sacrifice fly by Spalding before Moore hit into a fielder’s choice.
Despite the loss, the Commander skipper says he saw some good things from his squad, which fell to 6-7 on the season.
“I feel better about my team than I did a week ago,” he noted. “We just need to be more aggressive with the bat and learn to compete.”
The Commanders visited Mercer County on Tuesday after press time and host Lincoln County tonight at 5:30 p.m. They’ll be at North Bullitt on Friday at 8 p.m. and will be back home to host Seneca on Saturday at 10 a.m.
WC won 6-3 at Bellevue last Monday and followed that up with an 8-3 win at Holmes on Tuesday. They lost 13-1 on Friday. Game info was unavailable at press time.