Trey Binder delivered big time in Scott County’s 11-4 win over Bryan Station in the 42nd District semifinals Monday evening.
The senior designated hitter knocked in five runs while going 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk. His two-out, three-run double in the bottom of the second inning gave Scott County a go-ahead 6-4 lead after it trailed by a run entering the frame.
Binder’s solo blast over the left-field wall in the sixth inning was Scott County’s second homer of the game and his first since his sophomore year. He had to sit out his junior season because of a knee injury suffered during football season.
He said his approach all season has been “to drive it the other way” and let the people behind him do what they can. It’s worked out well for him throughout the season.
“I’d like to hit a couple more home runs but I’m not batting too bad right now,” Binder said. “The team’s doing pretty good, so no complaints.”
Scott County struck quickly, going up 3-0 in the first inning thanks to an RBI single from Binder and a double off the wall by Ryan Hannabach that scored two runs.
Bryan Station retaliated in the second frame. The Defenders scored four two-out runs, capped by a two-run double into left field by Aaron Miley, to take their only lead of the game at 4-3.
Hannabach, a sophomore, was responsible for three of Scott County’s runs. He went 3-for-4 including a solo home run in the third inning to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 7-4 following their three-run second.
Coach Scott Willard said his team has been hitting the ball well in batting practice lately, but Hannabach and Binder were particularly effective against both Station pitchers on Monday. Miley started for the Defenders before fellow senior Marcus Johnson relieved him following Hannabach’s solo shot.
“We had gone through a little time where we hadn’t been swinging it well and we had expanded our strike zone,” Willard said. “We did a really good job tonight of picking out strikes and swinging at them.”
Jordan Fox threw a complete game for Scott County. The freshman struck out 10, hit one batter and didn’t have a walk. He gave up six hits, four of those coming during Station’s strong second inning.
“After being down 4-3 we bounced right back,” Willard said. “Jordan was really good except for one inning. And people are gonna swing it, so I thought Jordan threw really well.”
The Cardinals extended their win streak against 42nd District opponents to seven games and sewed up their fourth 11th Region tournament berth in the last five seasons. Their last district loss came against Sayre in the semifinals of last year’s tournament.
“The great thing is we get at least two more games of baseball for the season,” Willard said.
Miley, Johnson (3) and Ellis; Fox and Kopp. W—Fox. L—Miley. 2B—Hunt 2 (BS), Miley (BS), Hannabach 2 (SC), Binder (SC), K. Covington (SC). HR—Hannabach (SC), Binder (SC). Records: Scott County 23-10, Bryan Station 6-28.
Scott County vs. Henry Clay
7:30 p.m. in 42nd District finals