By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Monday wasn’t a good day for the Southwestern Warriors baseball program.
Heading into Monday evening’s contest with Garrard County, Southwestern had won nine straight games. Unfortunately that would all change in Monday’s match-up, as the visiting Golden Lions took down the Warriors by a score of 3-2.
The loss was Southwestern’s first since March 23rd, when the Warriors fell to Franklin-Simpson on the road by a score of 6-5. With the setback to Garrard County, Southwestern’s record stands at 13-3.
Also in the one-run loss to the Lions, Warrior head coach Alex Eaton was ejected by the home plate umpire in the top of the third inning. After Eaton left the playing field, assistant coach Michael Gover called the shots for the Warriors.
Southwestern jumped out to an early lead over the Lions, but they would not be able to hold for the win, keeping the Warriors from upping their winning streak up to ten games.
“We competed, but we’ve got to do better,” stated Gover. “We had runners on second and third with nobody out, and the heart of the order coming up. You need a fly ball or passed ball right there just to get the run across. You can’t take anything away from Garrard County, because they came out and they battled.”
The Warriors took an early, 1-0 advantage in the first inning after sophomore Jacob Burchett scored on a sacrifice from junior Trevor Stacey.
In the top half of the second frame, Garrard County plated a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead over Southwestern. The Lions added another run in the top of the third frame, allowing them to grab a 3-1 lead over the Warriors.
There was a lot of controversy that occurred in the top portion of the third frame, when Eaton was ejected while asking the umpire for an appeal. An appeal was asked for by Eaton to see if a Lion runner left second base early on a fly-out with two outs.
The Warriors responded with a lone run in the bottom of the third frame, allowing them to cut the Lion lead to a lone run at 3-2. Senior Logan Starnes, who reached on an error, tallied the Warriors’ second run of the contest on an RBI single from Zack Profitt.
Southwestern looked as if they would add some runs in the sixth inning after getting two runners on second and third base with no outs on the board. The Warriors, however, would get three outs before getting the game-tying run.
At the dish, Profitt led the charge for the Warriors with two hits and a lone RBI. Burchett, Starnes, Trevor Howard, and Lucas Turpin, all had a hit in the loss.
Trevor Howard, who pitched six innings for the Warriors, was saddled with the loss. Burchett, who finished the game off for the Warriors, had five strikeouts in the seventh and final inning.
Despite the loss, the Warriors live to play another day.
“The great thing about baseball is that if we get beat today, we get to suit up and play again tomorrow,” Gover said. “We’ve got two key district games with Monticello and Wayne County coming up - it’s a big week for us. We’ve got to shake the loss off and learn from the mistakes we made tonight.”
Southwestern returned to action last night, when they traveled to Monticello to face the Trojans in a 48th District match-up. The Warriors will travel to Wayne County tomorrow evening for another district contest.
GC - 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 - 3 3 2
SW - 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 2 6 5
WP - Galloway (GC)
LP - Trevor Howard (SW)
2B - Burchett, Turpin (SW)
RBI - Young (GC); Stacey, Profitt (SW)