The Floyd Central baseball team knows history sometimes repeats itself.
Just as it did two years ago at St. Xavier, the Highlanders dug themselves a 7-2 hole Saturday and then rallied for six runs in the last inning for an 8-7 win over visiting Trinity.
“It felt exactly like it,” said Floyd Central senior Kyle Beach, reminiscing about that comeback win at St. X. “It was the same score and everything.”
In the bottom of the seventh inning, eight of the nine batters for the top-ranked Highlanders (3-0) recorded hits.
“We just told the guys to keep battling,” said Beach, a Bellarmine University signee who tallied three singles and one in the final inning. “It’s not over until the last out. It’s a good win for us.”
All but one of the Floyd Central was a single as the Highlanders sprayed the ball around the field.
The last Floyd Central hit — a sharp single to right field on a 1-2 by Aiden Cora — scored pinch-runner Kendall Lafayette from third base.
“The only difference is we got all those runs (against St. X) with two outs,” said Floyd Central coach Casey LaDuke, who was tossed in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes. (Today) we got some runners on and put together a bunch of base hits.”
In the last inning, the Highlanders ripped four two-strike hits.
“We really work on that,” LaDuke said. “When we do BP (batting practice), we do situational BP. … It’s nice to see where you’re working on stuff and it comes through during the games.”
Trinity coach Richard Arnold complimented Floyd Central’s hitting.
“We didn’t give it to them,” he said. “They took it. That’s a really good team. We knew their hitters were dynamite. They took it by hitters some of our better guys in the last inning.”
“We’re disappointed,” said Trinity’s first-year coach. “But we’re still just finding ourselves. … I was never comfortable with any lead but we thought we were okay with the arms we were throwing out there.”
Trinity (8-5) built a 7-2 by pounding out 13 hits against the Highlanders as all nine Trinity starters contributed at least one hit.
Trailing 2-0 after two innings, the Shamrocks reeled off three runs in the third innings as Brandon Pfaadt started things with a lead-off double. Dalton Jones (single), Brett Marshall (double) and Riley Wilbur (single) followed with run-scoring hits.
Trinity extended its lead to 4-2 in the fourth inning with an RBI single by Pfaadt, scoring Jake Woosley from second base.
The Shamrocks offensive onslaught continued with three more runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a triple by Tyler Neely, whose hit scored pinch-runner Tony Meyer.
Woosley eventually scored on a fielder’s choice when the Highlanders couldn’t complete a double play.
TRINITY 003 130 0 – 7 13 0
FLOYD CENTRAL 110 000 6 – 8 13 1
WP – Adams 1-0. LP – Heil 1-1.
2B – Marshall (T), Pfaadt (T), Drexler (FC), Kimm (FC). 3B – Neely (T). Records: Trinity 8-5. Floyd Central 3-0.