The Robbie Landrum era at Bell County got off to a positive start on Friday. After falling behind by a run during a wacky fourth inning, the Bobcats rattled off three runs in the sixth to secure a 9-6 victory at J. Frank White Academy.
“A win is a win. I’m tickled to death that we came out here, and our boys played hard,” said Landrum. “We made some mistakes, and the other team — J. Frank White — they looked good. That pitcher of theirs threw really good. Our kids can learn from (the mistakes).”
Jacob Smith, Jordan Wombles and Logan Woody paced Bell County at the plate with two runs apiece. Wombles finished the game with a double and a RBI.
Wombles also impressed on the mound against the Knights. The junior entered the game in the third inning and finished with 10 strikeouts on the night.
“I felt good. I kept believing that I could strike people out and that’s what I did,” said Wombles after the game. “We needed this (win), and I was going to do everything I could to get it.”
Wombles allowed only three runs with each run coming off errors.
“Jordan Wombles pitched an excellent game for us tonight, and he had a big hit in the first inning,” said Landrum. “Jordan Smith came in and started the game and pitched good. We didn’t catch the ball. On the stats, when you look at it, it looks like somebody that didn’t pitch a good game — but I thought he pitched a good game.”
The Bobcats held a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the third before J. Frank took advantage of errors. An RBI single from Holt cut the lead to 4-3 with one out on the board. The Knights scored two more run after Ramsey and Holt advanced on a wild pitch. The sequence gave J. Frank a 5-4 lead at the end of the inning.
Bell County tied the game at 5-5 at the top of the fourth. Woody reached first after being hit by a pitch. He stole second and reached third on a fielder’s choice before scoring on a wild pitch.
After two scoreless innings, the Bobcats found the scoreboard again in the sixth. Woody scored on a wild pitch to give Bell a 6-5 lead. An Ethan Brock RBI drove in JM Baker to increase the lead to 7-5.
An error at third allowed Smith to score from third base to widen the margin to 8-5.
J. Frank closed the gap in the bottom of the sixth after Holt scored on a wild pitch that narrowed the lead to 8-6. That would be as close as the Knights would get to the lead.
A sacrifice bunt from Woody drove in a run to give Bell a three-run victory over J. Frank.
Bell County (1-0) returns to action at 6 p.m. on Tuesday when the team travels to Leslie County.
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