By T.J. Morgan, Freelance Sports Writer
After going 1-1 in pool play at Warren Central’s Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament over spring break, the Hornets would match up against the host Dragons (0-7) in the first round of bracket play Saturday. Chance Garrett would start on the mound for Metcalfe, tossing a one hit, no walk shutout, as the Hornets would make easy work of the Dragons, 15-0. 13 different Hornets would reach base in Metcalfe’s impressive victory.
Metcalfe’s victory would earn them another matchup against district foe Cumberland County (6-4). Maddux Garrett would go 3-4 from the plate while also providing 2 and 2/3 innings of one hit, no walk, shutout relief for the Hornets. However, his performance would not be enough to spring Metcalfe to victory, as Cumberland would score seven runs on the day, defeating the Hornets 7-6.
With spring break over, the Hornets would find themselves home Monday at the friendly confines of Edmonton Memorial Park. With young workhorse Brackston Pennington on the mound, the Hornets would have a rematch against their season-opening opponent, Green County (6-7). Brackston would once again look impressive for the Hornets, pitching into the sixth inning for Metcalfe. Although Braxton would only allow two earned runs on the night, the Hornet bats and gloves would struggle behind him. Metcalfe would fall to Green, 2-8.
A quick turnaround would await the Hornets on Tuesday as they traveled to Clinton County (4-9) for a 16th district matchup. The bats would remain cold Tuesday, as senior slugger Cole Shive would record the lone hit for the Hornets. Unfortunately for Metcalfe, the same was not true of the Bulldog bats, as Metcalfe dropped the game, 0-10.
For their fifth game in seven days, the boys traveled back to Bowling Green for a second matchup with the Warren Central Dragons (0-10) Friday night. The Hornets announced their presence with authority, jumping out to a big 11-0 lead in the top half of the first. Making quick work of the Dragons, Metcalfe would record a three-inning victory, 22-0.
Five wins into the season, Metcalfe’s young pitching staff has been incredibly impressive. The young season has shown that when the bats and gloves show up to support those young guns, victories will come. As this Hornet team continues to grow together, they will become a matchup that opponents will fear to see on their schedule. Metcalfe will have a very difficult task ahead this week with two matchups against 16th district powerhouse Russell County, then finishing the week with two home games, Caverna Thursday and Campbellsville Saturday.