Last week, the Hazard Bulldogs took to the diamond at Applebee’s Field for the state tournament. The Bulldogs opponent would be the McCracken County Mustangs.
The Bulldogs were able to squeeze in a run in the first inning to take the early lead. However, the Mustangs would be able to get that run back in the second inning to tie the score at one.
Hazard would spoil McCracken County’s dreams in the third inning as they came across the plate two times to take the 3-1 advantage. Both teams would have a couple of opportunities in the following innings, but defense was the standard and the 3-1 score went into the sixth inning.
The Bulldogs picked up a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning, pushing their lead to 5-1. Hazard then settled in to send the Mustangs packing in the seventh inning.
The 5-1 win would be the Bulldogs’ first in the state tournament since 1980. Griffin Wells got the win on the mound, going the distance with 0 earned runs, 4 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.
Hazard (5) J.T. Haynes 1 run and 1 RBI; Cole Ratliff 2 hits; Anthony Hughes 1 run; Ryan Smith 1 run, 1 hit, and 1 RBI; Blake Nidiffer 1 run, 1 hit, and 1 RBI; Rudy Akemon 1 run, 2 hits, and 1 RBI; and Coby Cumbow 1 hit and 1 RBI.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.