The Madisonville North Hopkins High School baseball team kept the good times going to start the season Thursday night, picking up a 16-0 win over Webster County in the team’s first away game of the season.
The Maroons got 16 runs off 13 hits and ended the game by mercy rule after five innings.
“It’s good to play well. We started a little cold but once the bats started going everybody was rolling,” said North manager Scott Marks. “When the pitcher is only walking one guy, and the defense is playing well, it’s hard to lose. They are a young team but it was an all-around good game in our part.”
North’s offense had put sevens runs in the first four innings, but really came to life in the top of the fifth, exploding for nine runs.
The Maroons got off to quick start. Gunner Dameron got a single in the lead-off position and found himself all the way in third thanks to passed balls. Jonathon Hogart finished the job with a sacrifice fly to center field.
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North backed that inning up by putting up another four runs on the board in second. With two men on, Dameron hit a ground ball single up the middle to empty the bases and build a 3-0. Jacob Joseph got Dameron home the next at-bat with a line drive double. Hogart finished the scoring by hitting a hard ground ball that confused the infield, which gave Joseph time to come home and build a 5-0 lead.
The five runs would have been enough for the Maroons, who had Blake Reynolds dealing on the mound. In five innings of action, he allowed just two hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
“Blake was fantastic. He finished with just 70 pitches, which shows how efficient he was with his stuff,” said Marks. “He wanted to pitch bad tonight. He was smiling since I told him it was his start. He has been doing this for us for a while, we know he is one of the guys we can count on.”
Hogart continued his hot game in the fourth inning, driving in his third run of the game with double down that line that brought home Hunter Gossett. Cole Lawrence got Hogart home the next at-bat with a single to put the game at 7-0.
The Maroons clinched the game in the top of the fifth, putting up nine runs to force the mercy rule. Webster gave the Maroons two runs to start with a fielder’s choice and error, and North took it from there. Hogart got his fourth RBI of the game with another sacrifice fly. Ethan Browning and Alex Gray hit back to back two-run doubles, Steven Ray had single to clean the bases and Dylan Sowder had a fielding error to put the game at 16-0.
The Trojans had a half inning to make up the ground but only mustered up two base runners and left them stranded to end the game. They finished with two hits and three errors.
The dropped home game puts the Trojans at 1-2 in the early season. They return to action today, traveling to face Hopkinsville at 5:30 p.m.
North improves to 2-0 and will also return to action today at Henderson County for the second time this year at 5:30 p.m.
“The games just keep on coming, we have three more this week,” said Marks. “It is a grind but these guys have worked hard and are ready for it.”