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Baseball - Mustangs explode for 5 in 1st, down Tornado 10-1
4/12/2018 9:31 AM

Tuesday’s matchup at Brooks Stadium between McCracken County and Paducah Tilghman featured two Second District heavyweights, led by just as much firepower on the mound.

Tilghman sent left-hander Colbe Crim against Mustangs right-hander Dylan Schneider, and much like Crim’s last outing at home – against St. Mary righty Hale Sims – the game had all the makings of a quality pitchers duel.

And again, like two weeks ago, things didn’t quite turn out that way.

McCracken County broke the game open in the first inning, scoring five times on the way to a 10-1 win over the Blue Tornado.

Schneider pitched a gem, going six innings and giving up an unearned run on four hits, while striking out 10 and walking two for the Mustangs (12-2), winners of seven in a row and nine of the last 11.

“I was feeling good,” Schneider said. “In the bullpen (before the game), my changeup was working. In the game, it was effective.”

Crim went one inning, allowing five runs – two earned – on two hits, while striking out one and walking four for the Blue Tornado (7-3), who have lost the last three games.

James Michael Dodd hit a two-run double, scoring Rook Ellington and Elijah Wheat to put the Mustangs on the board. After Cameron Langston and Jacob Ehling walked to load the bases, Grant Davis hit a fly ball to deep center field, which Jayce France dropped, allowing all three runs to score, making it 5-0.

“Crim came out and he couldn’t get it across the plate and struggled a little bit,” Tilghman coach Chris Johnson said. “And then we couldn’t make plays behind him.”

The Mustangs got another run in the second, on an RBI single from Langston off of right-hander Brady Betts, who replaced Crim to start the inning.

“The guys came out and they saw the ball really well,” McCracken County coach Geno Miller said. “Colbe Crim is a great pitcher and we have a lot of respect for him. When you have a competitor like that out on the mound, it’s going to bring the best out of your team. I thought our guys got in there and took some really good swings early.”

Dodd drove in two more runs, making it 8-0 in the top of the fourth, but was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple.

With two out in the bottom of the fourth, Tilghman scored its first run of the night.

After Crim and Mitchell Crouch walked to lead off the inning, Betts hit a fly ball to shallow right field that should’ve been the third out, but Dalton Eads dropped the ball, allowing Crim to score.

McCracken scored twice more in the top of the sixth.

Dodd hit into a fielder’s choice to score Ellington, who led off the inning with a stand-up triple. Two batters later, Will Sykes tripled in Dodd to make it 10-1.

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McCracken Co. 510 202 0 10 8 1

Paducah Tilghman 000 100 0 1 4 2

Schneider and B. Dodd (7th) and J.M. Dodd; Crim, Betts (2nd) and Lang (7th) and Hutchens.

WP: Schneider. LP: Crim

2B: MC: J.M. Dodd 2, Ellington. 3B: MC: Ellington, Sykes. HR: none. Top hitters: MC: J.M. Dodd 2-3, 5 RBI; Langston 2-3; PT: Crim 2-2 Records: MC: 12-2; PT: 7-3

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