Claiborne High School baseball welcomed the Bell County Bobcats onto the diamond for a game of non-district baseball April 13.
The weather was simply awesome as the two teams were given the command to play ball. The Bobcats went to bat first and had a chance to start off strong but were unable to move their runner around the base pads to put up the first run. They left one on base. Claiborne was three up and three down during their half of the first inning.
Bell County got runners into scoring position during the top of the second and we’re able to score one run but left the bases loaded. Claiborne found the base pads during the bottom of the second inning as Austin Williams reached first but got caught up in a double play for the second out. Gage Callebs represented Claiborne’s third out and the score was still 1-0 in favor of the Bobcats.
During the Bobcats’ top of the third they had a runner reach first with a base on balls and another with a single. Then a scary out on a fly ball to left center nearly caused a collision between two Bulldogs but the out was made and contact avoided. A Bulldog throwing error assisted the Bobcats in scoring their second run of the game. The Bobcats left one on base. Claiborne struggled to get runners on the base pads as Hadyn Hollin and Cedric Brown made two quick outs followed up by Jonathan Werner making the third out.
The Bobcats’ fourth was uneventful as they failed to score any runs but Claiborne’s Elijah Beason got his team going with a shot to third that was bobbled. Ty Stone, Colin Fischer and Williams allowed Claiborne to take the lead at 3-2. Errors were starting to hurt the Bobcats.
During the top of the fifth inning, the Bobcats tied the game at 3-3 with a single and two fielder’s choices. Claiborne added two more runs to their total behind the bats of Hollin and a sacrifice by Beason plus a Werner single and a Bobcats throwing error. The score was 7-5.
The Bobcats went threw up and three down during the top half of the sixth inning. Wilson, Callebs, Hollin, Brown, Warner, Stone and Beason combined efforts to help the Bulldogs pull on out to a 10-3 advantage and they needed only three outs in the field to seal the victory. The Bobcats went down in order and the Bulldogs won 10-3. Claiborne’s bats started cold and then warmed up in time to get the win.
Coach Stephen Foster had mixed feelings about the win, “It was a slow start but we finally started hitting. I’m glad we pulled this one out. As a team we are starting to play some good ball and this weekend will tell us how good we are as we travel to play in a tournament at Knox West.”
Reach Allen Earl at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @pitchadude