April 20th, 2018

Streble, Foushee, and HC crush Meade County

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Conor Revell

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Streble, Foushee, and HC crush Meade County
Austin Streble throws a pitch for Holy Cross / photo by Conor Revell

Austin Streble dominated visiting Meade County with his arm and bat as Holy Cross cruised to a 12-0 five-inning victory Friday night.

“Austin has been one of our better players all season,” Holy Cross head coach Tim Hockman said. “We went to him the other night to finish off Male. We asked him to start tonight, he’s our go to guy on the mound, and he’s always a threat at the plate.”

Streble tossed a complete game three hitter, struck out four, walked two, and plunked two.

“I was trying to keep them guessing with my curveball, I threw it a lot,” Streble said. “I would throw my changeup too and then I would come in with my fastball.”

The senior went 2 for 3 at the plate with a three-run bomb over the center field fence and also had an RBI single.

Gavin Foushee reached base three times and was 2 for 2 with an RBI.

“He’s (Gavin) a good player and he’s going to do what you ask him to do, it doesn’t matter what it is,” Hockman said. “Whatever he does, he’s going to give 100 percent. He has done a terrific job with our hit and run this season.”

The junior got the party started in the first inning when he walked, stole second, moved to third when the second baseman bobbled a throw from the catcher, and scored the first run as the center fielder bobbled the ball on the ground.

“We had a hit and run going on,” Foushee said. “Austin didn’t get a hit in his at-bat but we kept with it. Luckily the ball went through the second baseman and went to center field and I was able to cross the plate.”

Holy Cross (13-6) scored three runs in the first inning, five runs in the second inning, and four in the third inning including Streble’s home run to straight away center field.

“I watched two pitches go by me and it was a 1-1 count,” Streble said. “I was thinking fastball. He gave me a fastball belt high and I just hit it over. Everything in the bat felt good.”

The Green Waves (7-8) had a poor fielding performance and made six errors resulting in four unearned runs.

Starting pitcher Bradley Stull only pitched one inning and allowed three runs, one earned; one hit, and walked two.

“I was just trying to take pitches,” Foushee said. “Our JV coaches always tell us to try and take pitches as much as we can. I was trying to find a pitch to hit and if I did, I would attack.”

Carson Crump tossed one inning and gave up five runs; three earned, three hits, and walked two. Kizer Burnett pitched two innings and was scratched for three runs; three earned, four hits, and struck out one.

It wasn’t just the Streble and Foushee show though.

Austin Richardson reached twice and was 1 for 1 with an RBI, Wes Clark went 2 for 2 and drove in two runs, and Andrew Brewer was 1 for 1 and reached base twice.

“We came out ready to play today and we hit it pretty good,” Richardson said. “We were getting bunts down and making contact.”

This is the Cougars second straight big win after beating Male 2-1 Wednesday night and have won five in a row.

“Believe it or not I was very worried about a possible letdown after the win against Male,” Hockman said. “We had a heck of a pregame, it was one of the best pregame we have had all year and it carried it over to our game. We are starting to do the little things more. We’re not going to hit a three-run homer even though we did tonight. We are starting to come around and they’re seeing results and having fun doing it.”

With the momentum riding, Holy Cross can’t let their guard down with a rivalry game against DeSales Monday, a district game versus Fairdale Tuesday, and their All “A” Sectional Three game with Bethlehem or Campbellsville next Saturday.

 

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