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Patrick Henry High School
Estill

Patrick Henry baseball working to get better

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Estill— The Patrick Henry baseball team, under the leadership of Head Coach Blake Hodge, might be 2-4 so far but they have been close in so many of those contests and look to be getting better with each outing.

Compounding it is that Patrick Henry had to play four games in seven days.

“I just ran out of pitching (in that stretch),” says Hodge. “We are doing very well with a very young team.”

The strength of the team right now appears to be in the pitching, which is experienced.

Kyle Jarrell, Kennedy Fairey, and Garrett Griner are among the more seasoned and experienced leaders on the team.

Jarrell is a junior who plays both catcher and pitcher, Fairey is a shortstop and pitcher, and Griner is a shortstop and pitcher who can also play centerfield if needed.

The Patrick Henry team is starting four ninth graders as a part of the youth movement this season. An eighth grader is starting as well.

“We are starting to hit the ball now,” adds Hodge. “We didn’t have much practice time coming out of basketball and then went straight into four games in seven days right out of the box.”

Recently Patrick Henry dropped Dorchester Academy, an opponent that Hodges says likely hasn’t seen a region loss in two years.

“That was a big game for us,” he says about the win.

Hodge also added that the losses have been close as well.

“Two of the games we have lost we lost in the seventh inning,” he says. “I feel like we are coming along. Our hitting is getting better and our pitching is good and steady.”

Hodge said that he does see some areas of play he would like to see improve, particularly in hitting.

 “With young guys we are working on their confidence at the plate,” he says. “They have the ability.”

 

 

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