Solid pitching and timely hitting produce a victory for the Bulldogs. Starter Cody Cook went six plus innings giving up four runs, seven hits, walked four and struckout two for the win. Josh Conoy hit a three-run triple in the five-
run third for Portageville, to secure the victory.
"Cody is a sophomore and got move up to varsity when one of our pitchers couldn't go," said Portageville head coach Lee Wallace. "He has thrown well every game he has thrown. We made a few more plays behind him today and hit the ball a little bit too. We finally got him a win. He has pitched well and has had nothing to show for it."
The Hornets scored the first run of the game, thanks to an RBI double by cleanup hitter Steven McElwrath in the top of the first. Jody McCallister scored the run after he singled with one out in the inning.
Portageville rallied for three runs in their half of the first. The first two Bulldog hitters reached on walks. After Conoy was caught stealing at second, Cody Ash and Jordan Robbins singled to load the bases.
Chad Cook scored the first run for the Bulldogs on a throwing error by the Hornets centerfielder. Corey Chamberlain hit a sacrifice fly to score the second Portageville run.
Robbins scored the final tally of the inning on a wild pitch by Holcomb starter Devin Fisher. The Bulldogs led 3-1 after one inning of play.
Holcomb tied the score at three in the top of the third. McCallister started the rally with a one-out single. Nathan Davis followed with a double and Holcomb had men on second and third base with one out.
McElwrath flied one to centerfield for what appeared like a sure sacrifice fly. However, the Bulldog centerfielder dropped the flyball allowing McCallister to score without an out being made.
Cody Adams drove in Davis with a sacrifice fly, as the Hornets scored two runs to tie the score 3-3 heading into the bottom of third.
"We hit really good in the first three innings," said Holcomb head coach Justin Dobbins, "then we kind of went dead and took some bad at-bats for three innings. Then we come out in the seventh swinging again. We need to keep our focus for a full seven innings."
Ash started off the big Portageville rally in the third inning with a single. After Ash stole second and third, he scored on a wild pitch to put Portageville up 4-3. With one out, Chamberlain induced a walk and after he stole second base, scored on an RBI single by Tyler Fowler. Portageville led 5-3.
Jay Singleton reached base on a error by the Holcomb pitcher. Cody Cook loaded the bases for the Bulldogs on a bunt single. Conoy cleared the bases after he smashed a pitch over the right fielder for the triple.
"He (Conoy) is our leadoff man and traditional he is going to take a lot of balls," said Wallace. "We have tried to get him aggressive and after he got two strikes on him, he managed to do what I needed him to do. He got a full swing and got good wood on it and he made something happen."
Portageville scored five runs in the bottom of the third to take a 8-3 lead heading into the fourth.
The Bulldogs increased their lead to six runs in the fourth, as Chamberlain singled in Robbins who had reached base on a walk.
Holcomb (6-4) scored two runs in the seventh, but Portageville reliever Robbins shut the door the rest of the inning. Portageville prevailed 9-5 over Holcomb.
"Wasn't the hits that killed us," said Dobbins, "it was the walks and the couple of errors."
Fisher went three innings for Holcomb giving up eight runs, seven hits, walked four and struckout two. Chad Adams went the rest of the way in relief giving up only one run, one hit, walked two and struckout three.
McCallister, Davis and McElwrath had two hits apiece for the Hornets. McElwrath also drove in two runs for Holcomb.
"We didn't hit it too bad today," said Dobbins. "Got punched out a few times with men in scoring position, can't let that happen. Portageville has a good ballclub, thought they did a good job. Both pitchers came in and did well, better team won today."
Ash had two hits for Portageville, while Conoy and Chamberlain each had multiple RBI game with three and two runs driven in respectively.
Portageville (4-6-1) hosts Kelly on April 18 at 4 p.m.
WP - Cody Cook LP - Devin Fisher
3B - Josh Conoy (P)
2B - Steven McElwrath (H), Nathan Davis (H).
Multiple hitters - Portageville: Cody Ash 2-4. Holcomb: Jody McCallister 2-2, Nathan Davis 2-4, Steven McElwrath 2-4.
Records - Portageville 4-6-1, Holcomb 6-4.
The Charleston Bluejays baseball team whacked Egyptian, Ill. on Monday afternoon, with a 14-4 home win.
Tommy Starr had an excellent game for Charleston leading the Bluejays with 3 RBIs and had three hits.
John Robert Goodin also had three hits and had an RBI for Charleston.
Paul Johnson and Brink Naile each had two hits with an RBI. Starr and Josh Marshall each doubled for Charleston.
Marshall picked up the win for the Bluejays pitching five innings giving up two earned runs, walked six and struckout six.
Charleston's offense was the key to the victory, as nine of 10 Bluejay hitters got a hit and drove in a run.
Charleston (3-6) travels to Dexter on Thursday with first pitch set for 4 p.m.