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Hillbillies sweep doubleheader from Miners

Man's Colton Miller squares to bunt against Scott on April 10. The Hillbillies swept a doubleheader from Mingo Central Tuesday night at William Tootie Carter Field (File photo by Bill Lusk/WVOW Sports).

Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports

MAN Class A No. 7 Man completed a doubleheader sweep of the Mingo Central Miners Tuesday evening at William Tootie Carter Field.

In the first game, Man defeated Mingo Central, 10-0, in four innings and won the nightcap, 10-1, in five innings.

In the opener, Bo Thompson and Brayden Compton combined to throw a one-hitter and Jace Adkins hit a grand slam as part of a six-run third inning.

Thompson earned the win for the Hillbillies on the mound after pitching three innings without allowing a hit while striking out eight and walking two. Compton pitched one inning of relief and allowed a one-out single to Mingo Central’s Chris Ross in the fourth inning.

Ross’ single loaded the bases for the Miners, but Compton worked out of the jam by getting Terry Daniels to fly out to right and Ryan Conley to ground out to third base. Compton struck out two and walked one in his inning of relief for Man.

Man plated a run in the first inning, scored two more in the second, added six in the third and scored one in the fourth.

Thompson had an RBI groundout in the first inning to give Man a 1-0 lead and Cam Gerace added a two-run single in the third to extend the Hillbillies lead to 3-0.

John McCoy single in the third inning started the scoring as part of a six-run third. McCoy’s single gave Man a 4-0 lead and Gavyn Cline’s squeeze bunt gave Man a 5-0 lead.

Colton Miller was hit by the pitch to load the bases and Adkins cleared the bases with one swing of the bat. Adkins launched a 1-0 pitch over the left center field fence for a grand slam to give the Hillbillies a 9-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Thompson stole second and third and scored on a throwing error to give Man a 10-0 win.

Tyler Mitchem was the losing pitcher for Mingo Central after allowing three runs on five hits and two walks in two innings.

Adkins’ grand slam was the highlight for Man at the plate while Gerace had two hits and two RBIs for the Hillbillies. McCoy and Thompson each had one hit and one RBI, Dickerson and Messer each had one hit and Cline one RBI.

In the nightcap, Man scored all the runs it would need in the first three innings.

Four pitchers combined to toss a two-hitter with Gerace striking out two and walking one in 1 1/3 innings to earn the win. Compton allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking one. Miller allowed one run, walked three and struck out one in his one inning and Messer allowed one hit and struck out three batters in his lone inning of relief.

Man got the scoring started early as the Hillbillies plated four runs in the first inning. Gerace started the scoring with an RBI single. McCoy and Dickerson had back-to-back RBI singles and Hunter Gibson closed out the four-run first with an RBI groundout.

Man plated five runs in the second as the Hillbillies got a pair of two-run singles from Miller and Messer and a sacrifice fly from Thompson.

Man scored its final run of the game on a double steal as Messer stole second allowing Gerace to steal home on the throw down.

Ryan Conley and Dylan Vance had the only two hits for Mingo Central. Keziah Joplin was the losing pitcher for the Miners after allowing nine runs on five hits and three walks in one inning.

Messer and Miller each had one hit and two RBIs while Gerace had two hits and drove in one run. Dickerson and McCoy had run scoring singles.

Man snapped Mingo Central’s four-game winning streak. The Miners fell to 8-12 with the losses while Man improved to 15-10 with the sweep.

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