Casey baseball wins two of last four

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By Quincy Burt

It has been an up-and-down season for Casey Baseball as coach Brandon Hillard has tried to change the culture of the program and try to get some wins to build momentum toward the District Tournament.
Sloppy play, at times, has been the achilles heel and it reared its ugly head more times than not this season.
However, the Rebels were just a run away on Monday night of winning three-of-four, but the defense tensed up at the wrong time.
“Against Wayne County, we were unsuccessful in our bunt defense and it cost us,” Hillard said of the one-run loss to the Cardinals. “We were in the game all night. The breakdown on defense was the difference.”
In Saturday’s double-header against Edmonson and Valley, the Rebels played the Wildcats first a “We were ‘jet lagged’ getting off the bus after a long trip and just never got a feel for the game. Then we turned around and put our best game on Valley,” Hillard said.
That best game on Valley turned into a 10-3 win after taking a 10-0 loss to Edmondson.
“Against Valley we struck early and Brad Hines was able to settle in on the mound and hit the cruise,” said Hillard.
Cade Reed collected nine hits in the four-game stretch and got high praise from his coach.
“Cade’s a competitor,” Hillard said. “One thing you can guarantee. Succeed or fail, Cade will give you all of him on a nightly basis.”
The first of the two wins in the four games came against Clinton County May 9 when the Rebels put nine runs on the board and Ethan Lee pitched a complete-game, three-hitter without giving up an earned run.
“Against Clinton County, Ethan Lee lived in the strike zone,” said Hillard. “We played great defense behind him and offensively play into our system of what we like to do.”
District is around the corner and host-team Somerset awaits Casey May 22.
“Simple,” said Hillard about his team’s chances at the District Tourney. “The cleaner the baseball we play, the better chance we will have at winning.”
May 15
Casey                  0   0   0   3   3   1   0   -   7   14   3
Wayne                 1   0   1   5   0   1   x   -   8   13   0
1B: Cade Reed 2, Jon Gillock 2, Blaine Sharp 2, Jake McGowan 2, Zach Todd 2, Nate Goode. 2B: Jon Gillock, Dylan Price, Blaine Sharp. RBI: Jon Gillock, Blaine Sharp 4, Zach Todd, Jake McGowan. HBP: Drew Lee. SB: Jon Gillock 2, Cade Reed 2, Jake McGowan.
Ethan Lee 3.2IP, 10H, 7R, 4ER, 2 BB. Cade Reed LP (0-1) 2.1IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1K.

May 13
Casey                     6   1   1   0   2   0   -   10   12   3
Valley                     0   2   0   0   1   0   -     3     4   3
1B: Cade Reed 2, Jon Gillock 2, Drew Lee, Jake McGowan, Nate Goode, Zach Todd. 2B: Jon Gillock, Drew Lee, Blaine Sharp. 3B: Brad Hines. RBI: Jon Gillock, Brad Hines 3, Drew Lee, Dylan Price, Blaine Sharp, Zach Todd, Jake McGowan. HBP: Nate Goode, Drew Lee, Dylan Price. SB: Jon Gillock 3, Nate Goode, Drew Lee 2, Ethan Lee, Cade Reed, Blaine Sharp, Jake Mcgowan.
Brad Hines WP (2-4)    6.0IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, 4K, 3BB.

May 13
Casey             0   0   0   0   0   -     0   2   2
Edmonson       7   0   1   0   2   -   10   8   1
1B: Jon Gillock, Blaine Sharp.
Jon Gillock LP (0-3) 4.0IP, 7H, 8R, 4ER, 5K, 2BB. Ethan Lee 0.2IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 1BB.

May 9
Clinton      0   0   0   0   0   1   0   -   1     3   1
Casey       1   2   1   1   0   4   x    -   9   14   4
1B: Cade Reed 3, Jon Gillock 2, Blaine Sharp, Brad Hines, Nate Goode 2, Micah Pendleton 2. 2B: Jon Gillock, Cade Reed, Blaine Sharp. RBI: Jon Gillock 2, Brad Hines, Dylan Price, Cade Reed 2, Blaine Sharp, Micah Pendleton. SF: Dylan Price. FC: Dylan Price, Jake McGowan. SB: Nate Goode 3, Caleb Heselton, Cade Reed, Blaine Sharp 2.
Ethan Lee WP (2-0) 7.0IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 4K, 0BB.