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Tigers Take Down CCHS, 8-4. | hopkinsville

The Christian County Colonels and the Hopkinsville Tigers both came into Friday’s contest on 3-game winning streaks but only one would be able to keep their streak alive. Hopkinsville High was hosting the game, but it was the Colonels who got off to a good start. In the top of the first inning after pitcher and leadoff man Logan Patterson struck out, senior shortstop Danny Johnson put a bunt down the third base line and legged it out for a single. Clayton Baker followed that up with a double to right center field to drive in Johnson for the first run of the game. Junior David Smith followed with the Colonels first home run of the season, bringing the score to 3-0. After these early struggles, Tiger pitcher Clayton Smithson rebounded well, recording his second strike out and retiring the next two batters in order.

The Tigers responded with one run in the bottom of the first, but the Colonels extended their lead to three again in the top half of the second when, with the bases loaded, Baker was hit with a pitch to bring in the man on third.hopkinsville

The Hopkinsville Tigers found an answer in the third when they managed to bring the game within a run. Patterson walked the leadoff batter, who was brought in on a triple by second baseman Jack Gardner. His fifth RBI on the year made it a 4-2 game. A ground ball by Smithson brought in Gardner, bringing the tally to 4-3 in favor of Christian County.

Neither team managed a run in the fourth, although Patterson did get his third, fourth, and fifth, strikeouts of the contest, when he struck out the side after giving up a leadoff single. For his part, Hopkinsville’s Smithson responded by recording an easy 1-2-3 top of the fifth inning, with two fly balls and a ground out, to keep it a one run game.

Jack Gardner was hit by a pitch to open up the bottom of the fifth, and sacrificed over to second by freshman outfielder Rashad Lewis. After Smithson hit a pop fly for the second out, senior Josh Denton drove the runner in with a single to tie the game at four a piece.

Christian County sought to manufacture a run in similar fashion in the top of the sixth when outfielder Nile Shemwell got on base via a walk and was bunted over to second, but first baseman Dylan Barnett, pinch hitting for infielder Joey Deck, struck out and Patterson went out on a first pitch pop-fly to end the top half of the inning.

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In the bottom of the sixth senior Matt Stevenson led off with a base-hit single to left, but was cleared from the base path after Hutton White popped up a bunt attempt which was caught and tossed to first for the double play. Despite having two outs, Hopkinsville would send eight more batters to the plate in the sixth inning, and managed to drive in four runs, as Patterson began to struggle with control. Gus Scholar worked a walk then Josh Harris fisted a ball over the infield that fell in for a hit, putting runners on first and second. Gardner, already 2-2 in the game managed to walk to load the bases, and Rashad Lewis picked up the third walk of the inning, forcing in the fifth run. Smithson followed that with a two-run ground-ball base hit through the infield, making him 2-4 with three RBIs on the evening, and bringing the score to 7-4. A passed ball brought in the last run of the inning. Stevenson, who started the inning with a single, recorded the final out on a ground ball.

Smithson pitched the complete game, retiring the side in the top of the seventh, and recording his eighth strikeout in the process.

These two teams will meet again Saturday April 7, at Christian County High School.

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