Louisville, KY (WDRB) - A comeback effort in the fifth inning led the North Bullitt Eagles to their first regional championship since 1992.
“(In 1992,) I was a 21-year-old first year assistant coach at North Bullitt. At the time, I thought ‘this is easy. I show up one year and we win the region,’" joked Eagles head coach Brian Wise.
It was not an easy path for North Bullitt, who had to fight off rain delays, and defending champion Pleasure Ridge Park in the semi-finals, to move on to Saturday’s 6th region championship at St. Xavier High School.
Butler led 2-0 in the fifth inning when Justin Stinson tied it with a hit to left center. Ryan Henson dropped in a base hit that allowed the go-ahead run to score in the top of the sixth. That proved to be the game winner. Josh Exton came on for the save in the 7th to secure the 3-2 victory.
North Bullitt is no stranger to winning close games. They’ve won a dozen games by 1 or 2 runs.
“It’s a credit to our pitching (and) our defense. And our offense has been able to do just enough all year long,” says Wise.
“They tell us all the time, you don’t have to win by a hundred. Just win by one.”
That’s what the Eagles did Saturday. They’ll meet Elizabethtown in Lexington at 11am Tuesday morning to open the KHSAA baseball tournament.
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