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Demons fall in first round of NCKC tournament

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By Ryan Naus

After playing “the worst game of the season” against Gallatin County, the Williamstown Demons were looking to rebound in their first round game of the North Central Kentucky Conference tournament.

The Demons played better, but still came away with a 10-8 loss to Owen County on May 7.

“Against Gallatin County, there was a controversial call at first in the first inning and from that point on, we went into a downward spiral,” coach Aaron Biddle said. “After the game, I told them that we have to play with focus and heart. Against Owen County, we went back and forth with them, but they came out ahead.”

Williamston fell behind 4-0 early against the Rebels, but battled back to stay in the game. The Demons had a chance to tie the game or take the lead in the top of the seventh inning, but with the bases loaded, a groundout ended the hope of a come-from-behind win.

“We could have played a little better,” Cody Hurley said. “We are pretty confident because we’re hitting the ball. We tried harder against Owen County. We were down against Gallatin, but we had a better game at Owen.”

“We couldn’t keep them from scoring, but they couldn’t keep us from scoring either,” Biddle said. “The difference between the two games was huge. After getting down early against Gallatin County, we let them do whatever they wanted. In the Owen County game, we fell down early, but we got right back in it to tie it up. Their frame of mind was completely different.”

Hurley was named to the all-conference tournament team.

“Cody’s bat is important to our team,” Biddle said. “Cody bats in the middle of the lineup and he’s going to hit when there are people on base. Cody’s hitting is crucial to our scoring. He’s been doing a good job of that.”

The Demons will go six days without a game following their loss to Owen County, but are using the time to rest their pitchers as the district tournament approaches.

Although they are riding a losing streak, Williamstown is confident because of the close games they’ve played against each district opponent.

“We’re feeling confident with the districts coming up,” Biddle said. “We want to win our first district game bad. We’ve been working on the small things because I feel like we’re hitting the ball.

“We want to put this last week behind us. I’d love to win the three games this week. We need to get some experience winning some games so when we’re in a tight situation, we know how to win. That will be key to giving us the confidence we need going into the district,” Biddle said.

“We need to cut down on our errors and hit the ball,” Hurley said. “We need to stay focused to win in the district tournament.”

Next up for the Williamstown Demons:

• May 13 at Cooper

• May 14 at home against Silver Grove (Senior Night)

• May 15 at home against Grant County

• May 18 against Walton-Verona in first round of district tournament at Grant County High School