The Dark Horses traveled into Spartan territory in a match up on the baseball field. A slow-starting game eventually led to a Dark Horse victory 6-2.
The first through third innings saw little action. Neither team could seem to hit the ball and make it around the bases to get anything onto the scoreboard. A good defense from both teams kept the game scoreless until the fourth inning.
At the top of the fourth inning, Clinton was able to get 2 players back to home plate to take the lead that they would keep for the rest of the game. The Spartans quickly gained 3 outs and were sent back out onto the field for the fifth inning.
The Dark Horses kept a steady pace in increasing their score, adding on 1 more run during the fifth inning. Clinton was still able to hold off the Spartans from scoring again, 3-0, until the sixth inning.
In the sixth inning Clinton sent 2 more Dark Horses around the diamond to gain their fourth and fifth runs. However, the Spartans finally started hitting the ball and claimed their 2 runs for the night before moving into the seventh inning.
The seventh inning finished up quickly with the addition of 1 more run for the Dark Horses. The Spartans were held at their 2 runs, securing the win for the Dark Horses, 6-2.
Bailey Spell was the leading pitcher for the Dark Horses. Spell struck out 10 players, allowed 2 hits, and walked 5. Clinton had 10 hits all being singles. Logan Spell was the leading hitter going 2 for 3. He was followed up by Bailey Spell who went 2 for 4, Jonathan Wright went 1 for 2, and Skyler Cannady 1 for 2. Charles Jordan, Bailey Spell, Skyler Cannady, Jordan Lilliston, and Trey Warren all had 1 RBI.
The Spartans were led by Dawson Thornton and Jordan Blackburn who both went 1-3. Blackburn also had 2 RBIs.
Dark Horse head coach, Tracey Thornton, was happy with the win and his team. “It was a good win for us. We played good defense. Bailey Spell pitched an outstanding ball game and we did enough to win the game offensively. I’d like to see us take advantage and go ahead and finish the team off but we’ll definitely take this win.”
Spartan head coach, Joshua Rackley saw exactly why his team didn’t perform better during the game. “Plain and simple, we didn’t hit the ball tonight. The guys know it, we know it, we just struggled to hit the ball. They put the ball in play more than we did and that showed in the outcome of the game,” he said.
The Dark Horses are scheduled to host a tournament over the holiday break starting Monday March 28th. It is set to include 3 other in county teams; Union, Hobbton, and Lakewood.
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