April 30, 2014 — The West Carter baseball team continued its best start in school history with a unique opportunity.
The Comets were invited to play at Lexington’s Whitaker Bank Park, the site of the state tournament against Betsy Layne on Saturday. West used stellar pitching and timely hitting to defeat the Bobcats 8-0.
“It was a really good experience for our young kids,” Coach Tim Johnson said. “Whenever we walked on the field, walked all the way back to the batting cages on the other side of the centerfield wall and our kids were in awe.”
West Carter (15-2) came out red-hot, scoring five runs in the first inning and never looked back.
“We have enough kids that play a lot of travel baseball who have been on this big of stage before,” Johnson said. “To most of them, it was just another game and that rubbed off on some of the other kids who haven’t played somewhere like this.
“It kind of calmed them down and we got the bats hot and hit the ball all over the field.”
They were moving runners over playing small ball, getting big hits with runners in scoring position against Betsy Layne.
The combination of freshmen Ben Jordan and Kaden Rose on the mound kept the Bobcats from getting any offensive rhythm en route to the shutout victory.
“We’ve had some great pitching this season and Ben and Kaden have been a big reason for that,” Johnson said. “They throw the ball really well and don’t have any trouble in locating their pitches. We’ve kept their pitch count low and that helps keep their arms fresh for the rest of the season.”
Sophomore Chase Hanshaw had two RBI while Rose, Richard McGlone, Spencer Phillips, Kyle Stone and Dalton Brown each had an RBI in the win. Phillips and McGlone each recorded two hits. As a team, they hit .320 and had an on-base percentage of .515.