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5-0 lead early.

New­ton got on the board with two in the third on RBI sin­gles from John­son and Dusty Daniel and Bowen struck out the side in the fourth be­fore hand­ing the ball over to Daniel in the fifth.

Daniel was un­able to get out of the fifth as he gave up a two-run home run and a two-run dou­ble. Croom came in and worked into the sev­enth, giv­ing up two runs in the sixth.

New­ton took the lead with a six-run fourth in­ning. Sims and Loftin each had two-run dou­bles in the in­ning but Loftin missed first base on his hit and was called out to end the rally.

Down 8-5, Mon­ti­cello roared back in the fifth and took a 9-8 lead. The Hur­ri­canes added two more in the sixth to lead 11-8 be­fore the Rams an­swered with two in the bot­tom of the in­ning.

“The only game I re­mem- ber this sea­son is the first West­lake game we played here when we jumped on them early — and MLK. Other than that, we haven’t jumped on any­one early,” Hens­ley said. “We have to scrape and scrounge back. We don’t jump on peo­ple early. We saw this guy pitch­ing and we should have jumped on him early. That’s the bot­tom line.”

Sullivan worked the sev­enth and walked the lead­off hit­ter. Af­ter a stolen base, the Hur­ri­canes scored a run on an RBI sin­gle. Sullivan bounced back to re­tire the next three bat­ters.

Sims drew a walk to lead off the sev­enth then stole sec­ond to move into scor­ing po­si­tion. Af­ter DJ Hill lined out to left, John­son drove in Sims on a ground­out. With two out, Sher­man Graves laced a dou­ble to left. The next two Rams bat­ters reached first af­ter be­ing hit by pitches to load the bases. Sullivan lined out to sec­ond on the first pitch he saw to end the game.

“We should have won that game there at the end, but, hey, you can’t blame that on Zach,” Hens­ley said. “We had a lot hard hits and we hit it right at them which is un­for­tu­nate. We ac­tu­ally hit the ball though for once which is pretty good be­cause the last five games we hadn’t done that.”

Josh Briggs/The Cov­ing­ton News

Out at home: New­ton catcher Clay John­son blocks the plate and ap­plies the tag dur­ing the Rams 12-11 loss to Mon­ti­cello Wed­nes­day.

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