A solid day behind the bats helped lead Middlesboro to an 11-1 victory over McCreary County on Wednesday. The team totaled four hits, but patience at the plate allowed several players to get walked.
Coach Tony McCullough praised his team’s batting and base running after the game. Steven Justice and TJ Patterson led the team in hitting as both went 2-2 with a RBI.
In addition to strong hitting, Middlesboro’s pitching rotation allowed the team to stay in front for the entirety of the game. Dillon Clark pitched 1 1-2 innings. He allowed two hits and struck out two batters.
Tayshaun Simpson pitched majority of the game and allowed four hits. He struck out four batters. Hannah McCullough came in to pitch in the final inning, allowing no hits and striking out two batters.
Walks were a big issue for McCreary County. Alex Whitehead walked six batters in his 3 1-2 innings pitching. Four of those six batters ended up scoring runs for Middlesboro.
Carson McKinney finished the game for McCreary County, walking two batters. One of those batters scored.
McCreary County was able to get six hits in the game, but the Middlesboro defense held the team to one run.
Middlesboro scored first in the bottom of the second. Chandler Mink got on base with a single after a strike out by Hunter Hoskins. Simpson hit a double to advance Mink to third base.
Whitehead walked Thomas Justice to load the bases. Steven Justice hit a single to score Mink and Simpson to put Middlesboro up 2-0.
McCullough was walked to load the bases for a second time. Thomas Justice stole home on a wild pitch to increase Middlesboro’s lead to 3-0.
Steven Justice and McCullough scored after Patterson hit a RBI double to left-center field to increase the lead to 5-0. The inning came to an end following strike outs by Eric Helton and Hoskins.
McCreary County put their lone run on the board at the top of the third. Aaron Trammell hit a double to get on base. He scored following a single from Dillion Marrow to narrow the lead to 5-1.
Middlesboro put up four more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Middlesboro loaded the bases after Whitehead hit Taye Drake with a pitch and walked McCullough and Clark. McKinney was then brought in to finish the game for McCreary.
Drake stole home on a wild pitch with Helton at-bat. McCullough scored after Patterson was walked, giving Middlesboro a 7-1 lead.
Clark stole home on another wild pitch from McKinney, and Helton scored off a hit from Jay Tyler West, bringing the score to 9-1.
The final runs of the game came in the bottom of the fifth. Steven Justice got on base with a single. He scored on an error. Clark scored on a walk off RBI from Patterson to make the final score 11-1 in favor of Middlesboro.
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