On a warm, windy Thursday evening when Oldham County’s pitcher walked North Bullitt slugger Logan Wyatt four straight times, Austin Trammell and Daulton Walls came through as the Eagles pulled out a 6-4 baseball victory at Christian Academy.
The game was part of the opening round in the Louisville Invitational Tournament.
Trammell, batting ninth in the lineup, doubled to left center with one out in the sixth inning with the score tied 4-4. Walls followed with a triple over the center fielder’s head, scoring Trammell. Walls then scored when the right fielder dropped Blake Benz’s fly ball.
“(Losing pitcher Nick McKinney) threw me a fastball, surprisingly,” Walls said after North Bullitt — the Sixth Region champion the past two seasons — improved its record to 19-5-1. “He got me out on my third at-bat by throwing me a curve.”
There’s a reason why Oldham County didn’t give Wyatt anything good to hit. Wyatt, a University of Louisville recruit, entered the game batting .424 with four home runs and 45 RBI. Wyatt set a school record with 53 RBIs in 2015.
“Everybody walks him,” Walls said about Wyatt. “No one wants to pitch to him.”
North Bullitt trailed 4-2 after Oldham County (21-5) scored four runs in the third inning when Jaxon Lashley and Henry Adams doubled before Garrison Simpson hit a two-run triple.
Winning pitcher Ryan Henson (7-0) singled in his team’s first run in the first inning. Henson pitched 5 1/3 inings before giving way to reliever Noah Marion. Marion faced a bases — loaded situation with one out.
But he escaped unharmed when he enticed Griffin McLarity to fly out to shortstop and struck out Jacob Bates. Marion retired three straight batters in the seventh to end the game.
“Coach (Brian Wise) told me to throw strikes and let my defense back me up,” Marion said. “I threw 16 pitches altogether, maybe.”
“Marion has been solid for us all year,” Wise said. “We felt confident that he was what we were looking for. That’s what you expect out of a senior.”
Wise wasn’t surprised that Trammell started North Bullitt’s winning rally in the sixth.
“We moved him to the 9-hole this week,” Wise said. “He’s had some big at-bats for us this season. When Walls got into scoring position with his double, that was huge with Trammell coming up.”
North Bullitt tied the game 4-4 with two runs in the fifth. Trammell walked to start the inning off. Walls followed with a single and Wyatt drew his third walk to load the bases.
Henson bunted toward third base for a single to score Trammell, and when Oldham County threw the ball wildly past the catcher another run crossed the plate.
North Bullitt (19-5-1) 200 022 0–6 8 3
Oldham County (21-5) 004 000 0 –4 7 4
WP– Ryan Henson 7-0, 51/3 IP, 8H, 4R, KS7, 3 BB.
LP—Nick McKinney 3-2, 7IP, 7H, 6R, 4KS, 7BB.
North Bullitt: Daulton Walls 3H, 3B, 2B’ 1RBI; Henson 2H, 1 RBI; Austom Trammell 2B;
Oldham County: Garrison Simpson 2H, 3B, 2 RBI; Jaxon Lashley 2H, 2B; Henry Adams 2H, 2B.