By DOUG EADS, CJ Correspondent
On Tuesday afternoon at PC Field, the Pulaski County Maroon baseball team bid farewell to Taylor Gover, Eric Jones, Dustin Vaught, Henry Lorman, Tyler Wesley, and Tyler Hail on senior night before Danny Masten’s club took on a Corbin team that had earned a shutout victory over PC earlier in the year.
On Tuesday however, it was the Maroons that would not be denied on senior night, and it was those seniors that lead the way for Masten and company.
Taylor Gover notched two doubles and drove in a career-best six RBI in the game, while fellow senior Henry Lorman hit the first homerun of his varsity career and drove in three more runs.
Eric Jones earned an RBI while Vaught got the start on the hill for PC, throwing 4 1/3 innings before running into a bump in the road in the top half of the fifth inning.
As a result, it was Pulaski County winning for the ninth time in its last 11 games, while moving to 18-10 on the season with an impressive, 12-4 beatdown over the visiting Redhounds.
“Our guys have came together at the perfect time of the season — there’s no denying that,” stated a very happy coach Masten immediately following the game.
“Taylor Gover is starting to really hit the ball along with Aaron Smith, Eric Jones, and Jacob Denney — all those guys that we kind of depend on,” added the PC coach. “They have all really came into their own over the last three weeks. Overall of late, we have really played some good baseball over the past two to three weeks.”
Indeed, PC has been red-hot coming down the home stretch of the regular season, and the Maroons continued their outstanding play in Tuesday’s game against Corbin, avenging an earlier 4-0 loss to the Redhounds from earlier in the season.
In Tuesday’s contest, PC left little doubt, jumping on top of the Redhounds early and putting Corbin in its rear-view mirror.
After taking a quick, 1-0 lead over the Redhounds Chad Brown in the home half of the first inning, PC grabbed this game by the throat in the bottom half of inning number two, padding that lead to 5-0, thanks in large part to that first ever homerun by senior center fielder Henry Lorman who led off the second inning with a solo blast.
Meanwhile on the mound, Dustin Vaught was holding the Corbin bats at bay, until he was knocked out of the contest with just one out in the top of the fifth inning.
No problem for PC though. Another senior — Lorman — came on in relief of Vaught and nailed down the win by fanning four Corbin hitters in his 2 2/3 innings of work.
The Redhounds plated three runs in that fifth inning off of Vaught, trimming the PC lead down to 6-4 at that juncture.
But as has been the case for much of the year, Masten’s club responded by knocking the Redhounds down to the canvas by scoring six runs in the bottom half of the fifth frame.
“Corbin beat us 4-0 down there early in the year, so we knew we had to come out tonight and play our best game,” pointed out Masten.
“We got a run in the first and that got our confidence going early by taking the lead on them instead of falling behind,” stated the Maroon coach. “Dustin Vaught pitched well, and we played all six of our seniors, and they all did well, and we got a chance to send them off on a positive note for one last time.”
The Maroons with the win over Corbin improved to 18-10 on the year and will return to action on the road today, before finishing the regular season at home over the weekend with a pair of games.
Pulaski County will travel to Wayne County today to square off against the Cardinals, before returning home to PC Field tomorrow night at 7 p.m. to face East Jessamine.
On Saturday at 4 p.m., the Maroons will close out the regular season with a home game against the Russell County Lakers.
Next Monday night in an elimination game, Pulaski will travel to Rockcastle County to face the homestanding Rockets at 8 p.m. in the opening round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament.
C — 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 — 4 11 4
PC — 1 4 1 0 0 6 X — 12 9 1
DOUBLES — (C) Terry, Vorbeck. (PC) Gover 2, Smith.
HOMERUNS — (PC) Lorman
RBI — (C) Terry, Combs, Vorbeck. (PC) Gover 6, Lorman 3, Jones.
WP — Lorman
LP — Brown