By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
Cameron Lamm’s two-out hit in the bottom of the sixth inning with time expired scored Kyle Hobbs to clinch the opening game of a twinbill at Tiger Field Thursday night and a four-run first inning in the nightcap gave the Belton Tigers JV Red squad a sweep over the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs Blue squad by the scores of 3-2 and 10-3.
Peyton Vybiral reached base in the bottom of the first in the opener by way of an error and stole second base. Drew Cook hit a shot into the right centerfield gap for double, scoring Vybiral. Tanner Fischer singled in Vybiral to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Cove responded with a run in the second inning and had a number of tying opportunities, but good infield defense and a great pickoff throw by starting pitcher Reese Perry of a runner on first base to Landon Maxwell helped keep the Bulldawgs at bay.
The Bulldawgs did get the tying run in the fifth inning by way of a controversial call. After a walk and two wild pitches with two outs, a Cove batter grounded out to Daniel Smith at third base. Smith threw the ball in the front of the bag at first base and Maxwell made a great play, coming off of the base to tag the incoming runner at first for the third out as the Bulldawg runner at third scored. The umpires explained to Belton head coach Ryan Lindemann that the force was taken off when Maxwell had disengaged from first base and made the tag on the runner. They ruled that the run counted.
Chantz Burdette took over for Perry in the sixth inning and took a line shot off of his shin facing his second batter, which was sandwiched between a walk and a hit batsman. He recovered to strike out a batter and induce a grounder to shortstop Lamm, as the clock expired and gave Belton a final at-bat.
With one out, Hobbs doubled to the wall in left field. After a strikeout for the second out, Lamm pulled a line shot down the left field line. Hobbs sprinted around third and scored the winning run to end game one.
Perry pitched five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, walking four and striking out two. Burdette picked up the win in relief, pitching one inning, walking one and striking out one.
In the second game, the Tigers jumped on Cove pitching early. Cook doubled to score Dawson Lowry and Holden Goldston to make the score 2-0 and an error that allowed John Taggart to reach first scored Cook pushed the score to 3-0. Walks to Brandon Krauskopf, Gage Mingst and Cameron Parker forced in Taggart to increase the score to 4-0.
Cove scored a trio of runs in the third inning to close the gap to 4-3.
The Tigers scratched out a run in the third on a Krauskopf single, two groundouts, a walk and an error on the catcher that scored Krauskopf in move the lead back to a pair of runs at 5-3.
An error by the Cove left fielder scored Goldston and Cook to make the score 7-3 in the fourth inning.
The Tigers plated three more runs in the sixth inning to add to the lead. A walk by Perry, a single by pinch hitter Shawn Butler, a triple by Fisher and a fielder’s choice by Travis Kastner pushed a trio of Tigers across the dish.
Belton held Cove off the board in the seventh for the sweep.
Cook picked up the win, going four innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking five and striking out three. Trey Wallace pitched three innings in relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
JV White sweeps Cove convincingly
The JV White baseball team stretched their winning streak to 7 games by defeating the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs Thursday evening, 23-2 and 18-1.
In Game one, Brian Shadrick pitched four dominating innings of one-hit ball. He struck out six batters with no walks and did not surrender an earned run.
The Tigers did commit three errors, which led to the two Cove runs.
Offensively, the Tigers capitalized on 13 walks and eight Cove errors in route to scoring their 23 runs. The 15-hit attack was lea by Jorge Enciso (3-3; RBI), Ethen Wells (2-3, 3 RBI), Couper Cornblum (2-5; 2B, RBI), Christian Castillo (1-2, 2B), Conner Carothers (2-2; 2B, 3 RBI), Jonathan Montgomery (2-2: 2B, 3 RBI) and Brian Shadrick (1- 3; 2 RBI).
In the nightcap, the Tigers defeated the Dawgs 18-1.
Offensively, the Tigers capitalized on 12 walks and four Cove errors. Leading hitters were: Chase Fentress (1-2; RBI), Josh Bowers (1-3; 3B, 2 RBI), Marshall Florence (2-3; 2B, 4 RBI), Ethan Wells (1-1; RBI) and Denver Holman (2-3; 2B, 2 RBI).
Defensively, the Tigers committed one error as Zach Alexander pitched five strong innings of 2-hit ball. He struck out 11, while walking five and giving up one earned run.
The JV White is now 8-3 on the year and 2-0 in district play.