Hazard holds off late charge by Perry

Tony McGuire Sports Editor cpsports@gmail.com

May 13, 2014

On Saturday, the Hazard Bulldogs and the Perry County Central Commodores did battle on the baseball diamond. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead, and had to hold off a late charge by the Commodores to take the 8-7 win.

Perry Central opened the game with a single run in the top of the first inning. Hazard countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame (2-1).

The Bulldogs then took a commanding lead with five runs in the bottom of the second inning (7-1). The third and fourth inning saw the two teams traded runs, with Hazard holding the 8-2 advantage going into the second half of the game.

Perry Central began to cut into the Hazard lead with a run in the fifth inning, leaving the Bulldogs with the 8-3 lead. The Commodores broke loose with a seventh inning rally, but had it cut short with four runs. The rally left them short, giving the Bulldogs the 8-7 win.

Ryan Smith got the win on the mound, going 4.67 innings with 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. Coby Cumbow went 2 innings with 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout, while Griffin Wells finished the game with a strikeout. Jordan Baker threw 4 innings with 8 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts, and Braxton Cottongame went 2 innings with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

Hazard (8) J.T. Haynes 2 runs and 2 hits; Cole Ratliff 1 run, 1 hit, and 1 RBI; Griffin Wells 1 run and 1 RBI; Ryan Smith 2 runs, 2 hits, and 3 RBI; Jacob Roll 1 hit and 2 RBI; Josh Meehan 1 hit; Rudy Akemon 1 run and 1 hit; and Coby Cumbow 1 run.

Perry Central (7) Nathan Pray 1 run and 1 hit; Dylan Fields 2 runs and 2 hits; Evan Hurt 1 run and 1 hit; Ronnie Long 2 hits and 2 RBI; Jaden Combs 1 run and 1 hit; Jordan Baker 1 run; Brody Dixon 1 run and 1 hit; and Austin Neace 2 hits and 1 RBI.

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