The Russell Red Devils are swinging the bats about as well as a team can right now.
They tallied 18 hits over 12 total innings of play on Saturday as they beat Pike County Central, 10-0, in five innings but lost to Johnson Central. 8-6, at Johnson Central High School.
Russell (12-11) saw a 6-0 lead fizzle away against the Golden Eagles, who improved to 15-8-1.
Bobby May, J.D. Pridemore and Jacob McKee were each 2-for-4 from the plate. Tate Trimble added a base knock and two RBIs.
Johnson Central used small ball to chip away and ultimately take over the lead by the sixth inning.
Alex Jones, a lefty, threw a five-inning two-hitter against Pike County Central. He struck out five and walked none.
Bryant Cathey went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and scored twice. Heath Hensley and McKee contributed two hits and an RBI apiece. Eighth-grader Austin Brinkman slammed a two-run double off the left-field fence.
The Red Devils host Ashland on Tuesday.
RUSSELL 240 000 0 — 6 9 3
J. CENTRAL 001 124 x — 8 7 2
Fraley, McKee (6) and Cathey; Mays and Lemaster. W—Mays. L—Fraley. 2B—Hensley (R), McKee (R).
PIKE 000 00 — 0 2 2
RUSSELL 034 03 — 10 9 2
Elkins and Clark; Jones and Brinkman. W—Jones. L—Elkins. 2B—May (R), Hensley (R), Pridemore (R), Brinkman (R), Cathey (R). 3B—McKee (R).