Tro­jans stomp Hor­nets

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports - By Ja­son Avery News-Times Staff

PARK­ERS CHAPEL - A year ago, Park­ers Chapel lost three of their four meet­ings against Har­mony Grove.

In their first en­counter in 2018, the Tro­jans turned the ta­bles on the Hor­nets, scor­ing nine runs in the open­ing in­ning en route to a 10-1 win in Class 1A-2A District 15 play on Mon­day.

The win is the sev­enth straight for the Tro­jans (18-6, 7-0), who have also won 11 of their last 12 games since spring break.

Michael Brother­ton turned in a ster­ling per­for­mance on the mound, tak­ing a per­fect game into the fourth be­fore sur­ren­der­ing just three hits and one run over five-plus in­nings. He walked two and struck out two.

“Michael pitched a re­ally good ball­game,” said Park­ers Chapel coach Mark Looney. “He changed speeds. He had them out front all day long, and we played some de­fense. It helps any pitcher if you put up a nine-spot up in the first in­ning. That was huge for us, and it dic­tated the whole ball­game.”

The Tro­jans sent 12 men to the plate as part of their up­ris­ing in the first.

Reid Cates opened the in­ning by reach­ing an er­ror af­ter his grounder to third was mis­played, and Brother­ton fol­lowed with a sac­ri­fice bunt.

Jor­dan Ar­ring­ton then opened the scor­ing by lin­ing a dou­ble just fair down the left-field line to score Cates.

Trace Shoup fol­lowed by lac­ing a base hit to cen­ter to score Ar­ring­ton to make it 2-0, but it was just the be­gin­ning for the Tro­jans.

Reece Grif­fin was hit by a pitch to put run­ners at first and sec­ond, and Shoup scored af­ter Tyler Mar­tin’s grounder to third was mis­played for an er­ror to ex­tend the lead to 3-0.

Thomas Hardy fol­lowed with a bunt to the third­base side of the pitcher’s mound for an in­field sin­gle to load the bases, and Austin Looney drew a walk to force in a run to give the Tro­jans a 4-0 edge.

Grayson Hurst then hit a grounder to short­stop that Gan­non Bear­den snared, but his throw to the plate to get Mar­tin was late, and Park­ers Chapel led 5-0.

Hardy was forced out at the plate on Cates’ grounder to third, but with two outs, Brother­ton

and Ar­ring­ton de­liv­ered a pair of big hits.

Brother­ton went to the op­po­site field, as his flare down the right-field line landed just fair for a two-run dou­ble to make it 7-0.

With run­ners now at sec­ond and third, Ar­ring­ton came up with his sec­ond hit of the in­ning, a two-run sin­gle to cen­ter to cap the scor­ing in the frame.

“It was nice for us to come out and get some hits and make some things hap­pen of­fen­sively and put the pres­sure on them,” Looney said. “I’m just real proud of the way that we came out of the gate, and the way Michael pitched to­day.”

Staked to a big lead, Brother­ton re­tired the first 10 bat­ters of the game, and he got some help from his de­fense.

In the third, Cates made a good play on Bo Jack­son’s slow roller to sec­ond to re­tire the Hor­nets’ right fielder, and Mar­tin threw out Zach Smith on a bang­bang play at first on a high-chop­per to third.

In the fourth, Shoup, the Tro­jans’ short­stop, made a good scoop on a drib­bler over the mound to throw out Gabriel Lan­g­ley.

The Hor­nets scored their lone run in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk to Car­son Everett.

Grif­fin took over for Brother­ton in the sixth with the bases loaded, no­body out and a run in, and the se­nior slammed the door on the Hor­nets.

Grif­fin fanned Bear­den for the in­ning’s first out be­fore get­ting Lan­don McMa­hen to bounce into a 1-2-3 dou­ble play to end the in­ning.

Shoup scored on a wild pitch in the

bot­tom of the sixth to ac­count for the Tro­jans’ fi­nal run.

Ar­ring­ton went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Hardy was 2-for-3 with a walk and Shoup was 2-for-4 for the Tro­jans, who had 10 hits.

Har­mony Grove’s Jakob Garner went 2-for-3, but also took the loss.

SMACK­OVER 9, MCGE­HEE 1

SMACK­OVER - Cade Schi­bler struck out 14 as part of a four-hit­ter, and Nick Imp­son belted a grand slam for the Bucks (11-13, 8-4), who picked up a key win in Class 3A-4A District 12 play.

The win brings the Bucks an­other step closer to sewing up the No. 2 seed for the district tour­na­ment.

The Bucks trailed 1-0 be­fore scor­ing three runs in the fourth.

Josh Sauls­bury, Imp­son and Schi­bler all drew walks, and Ja­cob Eubanks tied the game with a sac­ri­fice fly.

Bay­lor Brum­ley then put the Bucks ahead with a two-run sin­gle.

Smack­over put the game away in the sixth.

Af­ter For­rest Har­ri­son walked and took sec­ond on Eubanks’ sac­ri­fice bunt, Brum­ley and Jor­dan Brock walked to load the bases.

Noah Wil­son col­lected an RBI by get­ting hit with a pitch, and Tucker Evans drew a bases-loaded walk to force in an­other run.

That set the stage for Imp­son, who crushed his afore­men­tioned grand slam off of Smack­over’s new score­board in left-cen­ter.

In a dom­i­nant per­for­mance, Schi­bler al­lowed just four sin­gles and walked two.

Evans, Sauls­bury, Imp­son, Brum­ley and Wil­son each had one hit for the Bucks, who play at Drew Cen­tral to­day.

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