MORGANFIELD -- At the beginning of the year, Christian County head coach Trey Wheeler said fielding was key to the Colonels success this season.
It was that fielding that was key in County's departure from the second region tournament on Tuesday, as it fell 6-2 to Caldwell County in the semifinals at Union County.
The Colonels committed five errors in the game, which resulted in four of the Tigers' six runs on the afternoon.
"We didn't play very good," Wheeler said. "We kicked it around. That's something I talked about before the thing started in an interview. I was asked what we would have to do to win it, and I said, 'Field it.' We came out and kicked it around. We didn't hit particularly well. They're guy did a great job on the mound. I'm not going to take anything away from him -- he competed. He threw strikes for them, he didn't give us anything. Their defense played spectacular. … They played a really good game and we didn't play our best."
Christian County opened the game on a positive note. Eric Silvy led the game off and was later brought home on a fielder's choice from Wyatt Stevenson to open the scoring.
However, the Tigers responded quickly. Back-to-back singles from Olive Parker and Tate VanHooser put Caldwell on the board.
The Christian County errors began to influence the game after that. VanHooser scored after he attempted to steal third. The throw from catcher Austin Fields went into the outfield and VanHooser trotted home.
Three innings of solid pitching from Stevenson and Caldwell County's Bryar Riley kept the score at 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth frame.
In the bottom of the fifth stanza, Parker's RBI single gave the Tigers an extra run of cushion as the two teams battled into the final two innings.
County got a run back in the top of the sixth from an RBI double from Lane Diuguid, but the Colonels couldn't bring any more run home.
Caldwell put an exclamation point on the game in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs and putting the pressure on the Colonels to make the comeback.
Christian County got two on in the top of the seventh but couldn't do anything with them to end the game.
Wheeler said his team had a shot in the later parts of the game, but couldn't get the job done.
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"We had some chances there at the end," he said. "We were a hit or two away. That's baseball -- that's part of it. All of our guys, they were 100 percent. There's no question of effort on my end for them. We just didn't get the job done."
The loss marks the conclusion of the Colonels' season, as they finish the year 17-15. Wheeler will say goodbye to seven seniors that he said have left a big mark on his program.
"I was an assistant when they were freshman," Wheeler said. "That's the worst part of this. We've watched them grow from boys to men. They bring it at practice every day. We practice hard. I ask a lot out of them, I really do. We had seven seniors this year and I (put a lot) on them. … Just a great group of not just baseball players, but young men. They have a really bright future."