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Hopkinsville Rolls To Fifth Straight Win, Sweeps Two Game Series | Tigers

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For the second time in as many days the Hopkinsville Tigers put up eight runs on cross town rival Christian County High School, sweeping the two game series. The win was also the Tiger’s fifth in a row as they prepare to head to Louisville for the upcoming Derby City Classic.

The first inning saw both teams go down in order. Freshman starting pitcher for the Hopkinsville Tigers Keaton Scruggs struck out two in the first, en route to an impressive winning performance. CCHS junior Joey Deck relied on his defense, drawing outs on a ground ball, a pop fly, and a line drive.

Hopkinsville stranded two in the second. First, senior Matt Stevenson reached on an error. Logan Patterson’s errant throw forced first baseman Clayton Baker off the bag and he was unable to hold onto the ball while making the tag. Hutton White then manage to hit a first pitch single into left, but both men were stranded when junior Gus Scholar popped out to sophomore Nile Shemwell in shallow right to end the threat.

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Junior David Smith, who hit Christian County’s first home run of the season yesterday evening in the first half of the two-game series, led off the bottom of the second for the Colonels and reached base after legging out an infield hit for a single. He then stole second before Logan Daniel and Dixon Craft both popped out with infield fly balls. Smith managed to move from second to third with another stolen base before Shemwell walked. A passed ball presented what appeared to be an opportunity for Smith to score from third, but the ball was quickly gathered by catcher Josh Harris and Smith was caught in a rundown and tagged out.

The top of the third saw the Hopkinsville Tigers score the games first runs as Harris followed his good defensive play with a leadoff double smacked to the opposite field. Jack Gardner hustled to beat out an infield ground-ball putting runners on the corners for Hoptown. Rashad Lewis came up next and Gardner promptly stole second base on the first pitch of his at-bat, putting runners on second and third. He would come around to score when Lewis knocked a base hit through to center field for a pair of RBIs. Lewis then stole second base on the first pitch of Clayton Smithson’s at-bat then advanced to third after Smithson hit another single for the Tigers, this time into left field. Lewis would come in to score what was the final run of the inning on a squeeze bunt put down by senior Josh Denton for a sacrifice RBI. Smithson was eventually stranded on third base.

With Hoptown up 3-0, Christian County went a disappointing 0-3 in the bottom half of the inning, going down in order to Scruggs again. Joey Deck managed to return the favor for Christian County in the in the top of the fourth, taking White, Scholar, and Harris out in order to keep his team within striking distance

In the top of the fifth, however, Gardner led off the inning with another infield hit as Patterson was unable to throw him out in time. Following that hit Deck was pulled in favor of senior pitcher Jonathan Grabara, who was making his fourth appearance of the season. Grabara surrendered a hit to Lewis then got Smithson to bounce into a fielder’s choice out at second, putting runners on the corners once again. Denton’s bunt attempt was popped up to Grabara for the second out of the inning. The bases were promptly loaded, however, when Gant Unfried was hit by Grabara’s pitch, his fifth hit batsman in as many appearances. Stevenson lined a shot into left field to bring in two more runs. White followed suit, clearing Unfried and Stevenson from the base paths with another shot to left field, making it 7-0 Hopkinsville. Dixon Craft moved to the mound after that at bat, and although White was promptly caught in a rundown between first and second, a throwing error allowed him to take second. He was then brought around to score when Scholar dropped one into shallow right for an RBI. Craft would finally put an end to the inning with a strike out of Harris. All nine batters came to the plate for Hopkinsville in the fifth inning.

In the bottom half of the fifth the Colonels answered with their only run of the game. Shemwell walked and took second on a wild pitch with one out. He was then brought around to score on a base hit by Patterson into right field. Johnson and Patterson were stranded when Langhi struck out to end the fifth inning with the score standing at 8-1.

Craft went the rest of the way pitching for Christian County and did not allow another run. He recorded his third strikeout in the sixth. Scruggs pitched a gem of a complete game for the Tigers, surrendering only the one run, on three hits. Deck is credited with the loss and both he and Grabara were saddled with four earned runs a piece.

Christian County will try to rebound at Bowling Green on April 11th at 5 pm and at Logan County on April 12th at 5:30 pm. Meanwhile Hopkinsville will try to keep the streak going at the Derby City Classic in Louisville starting on Monday April 9th.

 

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