The Adair County High School baseball team completed an early-season three-game homestand with wins over Bethlehem and LaRue County early last week.
Adair County beat Bethlehem 6-2 on Tuesday, March 19 and pulled away to defeat LaRue County 9-1 on Wednesday, March 20. A look back at each game follows.
ADAIR COUNTY 6, BETHLEHEM 2
Adair County scored first and after 5th Region foe Bethlehem battled back to tie the contest, gradually pulled away to beat the Eagles 6-2 on Tuesday (March 19).
Sophomore pitcher Zack Hutchison, a proven hurler for Adair County, claimed the win.
After Adair County went out in front 2-0, Bethlehem managed to tie the contest with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. The Indians, however, responded, scoring to move back out in front, this time for good.
Adair County plated six runs in 11 hits. Tanner Pooler was 3-for-4 at the plate, pacing Adair County offensively. Trenton Watson
and Dusty Todd each went 2-for-4 for the Indians.
“We were able to beat a good team that just lost a couple of players from last season,” Adair County Coach Ryan McQueary commented, following his team’s win. “It was a real good win for us.”
Defensively, Adair County overcame three errors.
Bethlehem scored its two runs via four hits. Struggling defensively, Bethlehem committed five errors.
ADAIR COUNTY 9, LARUE COUNTY 1
The Adair County Indians enacted some revenge on Wednesday (March 20), defeating 5th Region rival LaRue County 9-1. In 2012, LaRue County eliminated Adair County from the postseason, defeating the Indians 11-1 in five innings in the 5th Region Tournament semifinals.
Adair County junior Will Hixson was the winning pitcher in the Indians’ latest outing versus LaRue County.
The Adair County baseball team scored multiple runs in multiple innings en route to the win.
The Indians excelled offensively. Adair County made the most of its offensive opportunities, scoring nine runs on seven hits.
Hixson helped his cause at the plate, finishing 2-for-3. Zack Hutchison was also 2-for-3 at the plate for the Indians.
The Indians also turned in a stellar defensive performance, playing error-free in the field.
“This was a big win for us,” Adair County Coach Ryan McQueary commented. “LaRue County knocked us out of the 5th Region Tournament last season and any time you can beat the team that knocked you out of the postseason the year before, it’s a big win. We played better defensively and got good pitching, as well.”
LaRue County was held to four hits. The Hawks committed six errors.