HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Highlanders turned in another good performance on defense but were unable to produce on offense in a 7-2 loss to the visiting Greenup County Musketeers at Cook-Holbrook field in a Monday high school baseball game.
It was the second matchup between the schools this season. Greenup County also won March 19 at home in Kentucky, 15-3.
Greenup County, led by Gage Hughes, took the lead early when the shortstop scored in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly deep enough behind first base to allow him to score ahead of the throw back to home plate.
Hughes finished the night officially 1-for-1 with an RBI single and two walks. He also robbed Huntington High of what would have been leadoff hits in the first and second innings on defense to help improve the Musketeers to 4-1 this season.
Huntington High (2-4) rallied with two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run single by Ben Bartilson.
Coach Danny Harbert's team held the lead through the second inning but surrendered it in the third when Hunter Clevenger and Isaiah Green, the eight and nine hitters in the Musketeers' batting order, reached on singles off Huntington High starting pitcher Bryce Carter. A bases loaded walk to Collier Wireman plated Clevenger with the tying run and a sacrifice by J.T. Johnson scored Green to put Greenup County ahead for good.
Huntington High committed no errors in the field to help out its pitching staff that issued six walks.
Grant Beckett, Huntington High's right fielder, scooped up a base hit by Dylan Ball that went deep down the line. Beckett fired a throw to
Christian at second base to turn what would have been a lead-off double into the first out of the fourth inning.
Huntington High managed just six hits and did not get a runner into scoring position after the first inning.
Greenup County added two more runs in the fifth inning when Green led the inning off with a single, went to third on a hit-and-run play by Hughes, then scored on a bases loaded walk issued to Kyle Gammon. Hughes scored when Johnson hit into a sacrifice.
The Musketeers added one run in the sixth and a final run in the seventh.
Dean Ball was the starting pitcher for Greenup County and pitched four innings. He gave up the two Highlanders' runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three in earning the win.
"They have pitching, they have defense, they have good hitters," Harbert said. "They're just a solid, fundamental team and they're probably going deep into their season this year. (Hughes) is being looked at by two major league scouts here today at the game if that tells you anything."
Huntington High is scheduled to host Ripley at 7 p.m. Tuesday.