The George Rogers Clark baseball team picked up its first win of the season with a 5-0 shutout of Estill¿County Saturday afternoon in Irvine.
It marked the first career win for coach Matt Ginter, whose team had lost its first seven games to open the season.
Ginter, a former standout at the school and major league pitcher, is in his first season as baseball coach at Clark.
The Cardinals (1-7) scored one run in the third inning, added another in the fourth and broke the game open with a pair of runs in the sixth inning.
Clark pitcher Derek McKenzie went the distance and tossed a three-hitter and struck out six batters and walked just one.
Logan McQuerry paced the Cards’ offensive attack with three hits, followed by Brent Stoneking with a pair of hits. McQuerry and Stoneking combined for three RBIs. Two of McQuerry’s three hits were doubles.
Clark left 10 runners on base, compared to four for the Engineers.
In a game played Friday at Cardinal Field, the Cardinals rallied from a 6-0 deficit, but came up short in an 8-6 setback to Powell County.
McQuerry led the Cards with three hits, while Taylor Howard and Hunter Osborne connected on a pair of hits apiece.
Howard slapped a single and a double, while Osborne and teammate Wes Lawwill each connected on a home run, with both of those dingers coming in the second inning.
Osborne drove in three runs and Stoneking, Zach Roe and Luke Sharrock each had a hit. Osborne relieved Stoneking on the mound in the second inning and went the next four innings. Osborne scattered five hits, gave up five hits, walked three and fanned three batters.
McQuerry threw the last two innings and collected one strikeout.