One inning was all Cumberland Gap needed to create a comfortable lead during their game against Scott County on April 10. The Panthers tallied five runs in the first en rout to an 8-2 victory over the Highlanders.
Brennan Murphy held down the mound for Cumberland Gap and kept Scott County at bay. Through 4 2/3 innings, Murphy struck out eight batters and did not allow a hit in his victory. Micah Cannon closed the game out for the Panthers and allowed only one hit in the fifth inning.
Caleb Merrifield and Darin Robertson both tallied two runs without an official hit to lead Cumberland Gap in scoring. Jace Hamilton finished the night 1-for-1 with one walk, two RBIs and one run.
Micah Cannon went 1-for-2 with one run. Bubba Lake and Holdin McDaniel both scored runs without registering a hit.
Aaron Carson was credited with the loss for Scott County. He allowed two hits and all eight runs. He finished the night with five strikeouts.
Hayden Byrge was the only Highlander to get a hit. He went 1-for-3 during the game.
Billy Hall reached base on an error while going 0-for-3 at the plate. He scored one of Scott County’s runs. Jake Todd went 0-2 and reached base on an error and a walk. He also scored a run for the Highlanders.
Cumberland Gap got started quick out of the gate with five runs in the first. After reaching base on a single, Cannon scored on a fielding error to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Merrifield followed suit with another run on an error to increase the lead to 2-0.
With the bases loaded, Robertson crossed home plate with a walk to widen the margin to 3-0. Back-to-back fielding errors allowed Lake and Hamilton to score to increase the lead to 5-0 at the end of one.
Cumberland Gap added two more runs in the second inning. Hamilton hit a two-run RBI single that scored Merrifield and Robertson to balloon the lead to 7-0.
The Highlanders moved runners in scoring position in the third inning, but they couldn’t come up with a run.
The Panthers capped off their scoring efforts in the fourth inning with one more run. McDaniel got on base after being hit by a pitch. He stole second and advanced to third to move into scoring position. He crossed home plate on a passed ball to give Cumberland Gap an 8-0 lead.
Scott County was able to put two runs on the board in the fifth inning. Hall scored on a fielding error to cut the lead to 8-1, and Todd scored on a passed ball to narrow the deficit to six runs.
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