The NCOE Fighting Cardinal baseball team welcomed the Gallatin County Hawks to town Tuesday afternoon in what would be their final regular season game at home. This Greater Egyptian Conference contest had the makings of a pitcher’s duel all the way until the bottom of the third inning as neither team was able to score a run thus far. However, this scoreless streak did close in the bottom of the third inning when the Fighting Cardinals scored the first run of the game to take a 1-0 lead. This one run advantage held up until the top of the fifth inning. At this time, the Hawks would find their bats coming alive as they put together a fiverun inning to take their first lead of the game at 5-1. Gallatin County added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning to extend their lead to six runs but NCOE was not finished as they rallied back in the bottom of the sixth inning to score another run and narrow the Hawk lead to five. Unfortunately, the Fighting Cardinal defense faltered even more in the seventh inning as they allowed nine runners to cross the plate which left NCOE trailing now by 14 runs. This was too large of a deficit to overcome as the Fighting Cardinals fell by the final score of 14-2.
Lucas Browning and Jack Riggs led the team in hitting with two hits a piece while Jeb Baumgart, Houston Money, Brandon Skaggs, and Evan Healy all added one hit each. Trey Simmons was credited with the team’s lone RBI.
Trey Simmons took the loss for NCOE on the mound as he hurled six innings allowing seven runs (three earned) on 11 hits and struck out two. Ty Lane fired 1/3 of an inning giving up nine runs with only on being earned on six hits and Brandon Skaggs threw 2/3 of an inning allowing just one hit.