Turner strikes out 13 as Lawrence County takes down Decatur

Cole Turner pitches for Lawrence County 

It may have been cold and rainy outside, but Cole Turner was on fire on the mound Wednesday evening. 

The Junior struck out 13 Decatur batters as Lawrence County went on to top the Red Raiders 6-3. 

"I felt good today," Turner said. "It took a little while for us to get things going because of basketball but I felt like we were in the groove today." 

Decatur found some success in the first inning, notching an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead. However, that was the only success they would find on Turner. 

"They did a good job of squaring the ball up in the middle of the field and took advantage of one of our mistakes to score a run early," said Lawrence County head coach Ryan Bowerman." After that Cole did a great job of hitting his spots and he was keeping them off balance. They have some great hitters in their lineup, but he was able to make the pitches he needed to make in key situations and we helped him out by making some good plays defensively." 

Gage Terry later drove Turner in to tie it 1-1 in the second but it was a few innings later when they really got the bats going. 

Three straight RBI singles from Micah Owens, Kaden Edwards and Jacob Shelton gave them a 4-1 lead in the fourth. They added a single run in the fifth and sixth innings and went on to win the game going away. 

"We strung some hits together and we took advantage of some mistakes on their part and that allowed us to really take control of the game," Bowerman said. "That's something we have to continue to do to have success." 

The win gives them three in a row after a bumpy 0-4 start to the season. The Red Devils are finally starting to hit a stride after getting six starters from basketball just a day prior to the season starting. 

"It's good to just be out here, it feels like opening day," Bowerman said. "I feel like the guys are starting to get in the groove and our bats our coming around. I think we're in a good spot."

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