Ballard moves on to face Scott Co. on Friday
Ballard’s High School baseball team’s season has had its share of ups and downs this season, but there’s always been one constant at the plate: Jordon Adell.
The University of Louisville recruit slammed a pair of home runs and drove in three teammates as the Bruins powered past Jeffersontown, 14-4, in the first round of the Louisville Invitational Tournament. Adell finished 3-3 with four runs scored, three RBIs, a double, and the two home runs.
“When Jordon comes to the plate he has such a good presence in the box,” Ballard head coach David Trager said. “He’s learning to be a good all around hitter, not a guy who just hits for power. He hits for great average in a consistent basis this year. With him, when he sees the ball well and he gets the barrel on it, it goes far. He got a hold of a few today and a couple were lucky enough to go out.”
Ballard (11-12-1), who have struggled this season playing one of the most competitive schedules in the region, if not state, had some similar struggles defensively early in the game, giving up all four of their runs in the first three innings. Once Andrew Maloney replaced winning pitcher Carter Cox in the top of the fourth inning, the Bruins settled in defensively and continued to let their offense do the talking.
The Bruins scored two runs in the first inning, six runs in the third, two runs in the fourth, and another four in the fifth to cap off an impressive performance. Another Bruins player who had a big night was Will Barman, who hit a triple and had three RBIs. Barman, a second baseman and pitcher this season, has come around offensively in the past two weeks while covering for injured shortstop Jake Snyder, after Snyder went down with a sprained ankle.
“Will Barman has been a kid that has really stepped up for us,” Trager said. “He’s a senior and he didn’t pitch a whole lot until this year, and he’s done an excellent job coming in in tight situations. He’s played an excellend second base for us this season. When Snyder went down with an ankle sprain vs. St. Xavier, Will stepped in and we didn’t missa beat. He really stood out to me over the past couple of weeks.
“We always knew Will had that ability it was just getting him in the right situations and right opportunities.”
With the win, the Bruins move on to face Scott Co. on Friday evening at Bruin Field. Trager is hoping that this win is the next step in the team’s season-long search for consistency.
“We’ve played a very demanding schedule and part of what we knew going into this year is we’d play very competitive teams,” Trager said. “We got ourselves behind the eight ball a bit not having our field installed for early practice time. We’re starting to settle down as a team and we’re starting to build our confidence and everything. With our early losses and early struggles we’ve had, I don’t think anyone’s put additional stress on themselves. I think they’ve done a good job of staying the course and I think the last couple of weeks’s we’ve done a good job growing into the team I think we can become.”