The Perry Central Commodores dealt Hazard its first home loss of the season, after toppling the Bulldogs 5-2.
The Commodores wasted no time Tuesday night as they ended the top of the first ahead 2-0.
The Bulldogs weren’t able to do anything with their time at the plate, leaving the Commdores ahead after the first.
In the bottom of the second, Hazard’s Bailey Blair was hit-by-a-pitch. Blair stole second and third, while Hazard’s James Shoptaw was up to bat.
Shoptaw was walked, leaving a runner on third and first for Hazard with one out. But, Shoptaw would steal second while Hazard’s Jarrett Napier was at the plate.
Napier walked to load the bases with one out.
Hazard’s Garrett Miller then hit a single that allowed Blair to score, but Napier was called out after a rundown.
Andrew Ford sent the ball flying into the outfield for Hazard, but a Perry Central defender was able to catch it for the third Hazard out. That left the score 2-1 at the end of the second.
Niether team was able to make it on the board in the third, but Perry Central used the fourth to score twice more, putting them up 4-1.
In the top of the sixth, Perry Central’s Dawson Kersey managed to get the momentum rolling some more after making a single.
Perry Central’s Braxton Amburgey then bunted the ball, almost making it to first, but was caught out by a Hazard defender.
Zach Gayheart was up to bat next for the Commodores. Gayheart connected with the ball allowing Kersey to go home for the Commodores’ fifth point of the game. Hazard managed to get the third out once Hazard’s Trajon Campbell sent the ball from the mound to first base resulting in Gayheart getting out.
With a runner on first and one out, Campbell managed to make a single in the bottom of the second. Dalton Baker, the runner who was on first tried sliding into second but it was too late and he was called out.
Blair connected with the ball again and a hit by Shoptaw allowed Campbell to make it home for another point, making it a 5-2 game.
The Bulldogs would be shut down shortly after however and not be able to catch any traction in the seventh.
This was the first meeting of the two rivals this season. The two are scheduled to face off again May 1st at Commodore field.