Car­di­nals Bal­ance Pitch­ing And Hit­ting

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS WEEK - By Mark Humphrey

FARM­ING­TON — Strong pitch­ing cou­pled with a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive night of dou­ble-digit hit­ting pow­ered Farm­ing­ton to a 13-0 run-rule win over Clarksville in 5A West base­ball Tues­day, April 17.

A day af­ter pound­ing ri­val Prairie Grove for 15 hits, Farm­ing­ton had 13 in five in­nings against Clarksville. The Car­di­nals took ad­van­tage of four Clarksville er­rors end­ing the game early by run-rule. Five Car­di­nals com­bined for 10 hits. Se­niors Lo­gan Bobak (2-for-3, dou­ble, 3 RBIs, 3 runs scored), Hay­den VanLan­ing­ham (2-for-3, two triples, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored), Derek Perona (2-for-3, dou­ble, 1 RBI, 1 run scored), and Eric Hill (2-for-3, 2 runs scored), com­bined with fresh­man Tate Sut­ton (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) and sopho­more Drew Stur­geon (1-for-1, 2 runs scored) to keep Clarksville scram­bling. Stur­geon was hit by a pitch twice reach­ing base on all 3 at-bats.

“We jumped on them pretty quick early,” said Farm­ing­ton coach Jay Harper. “We scored seven runs in the first in­ning. Our guys are swing­ing it pretty good. I think we got at least one hit out of ev­ery­body in the lineup ex­cept one. When you do that you put pres­sure on a team.”

Clarksville never could get the Car­di­nal bats under wraps with Farm­ing­ton own­ing a 13-0 lead af­ter three in­nings of play. The lit­tle suc­cess en­joyed by the Pan­thers came in the fourth when they held Farm­ing­ton with­out a run with Harper lib­er­ally sub­sti­tut­ing pinch-hit­ters. Perona had a sin­gle as did se­nior Cody Par­rish pinch-hit­ting for Will Da­nen­hauer.

Starter Bobak scat­tered 6 hits over 4 in­nings al­low­ing no runs and strik­ing out seven Pan­thers while al­low­ing only one base on balls. Sut­ton pitched the top of the fifth in­ning and af­ter giv­ing up a lead­off sin­gle struck out the next two bat­ters. He in­duced a ground-out to third to end the game.

“I’m happy with the way we played of­fen­sively, I’m happy with the way we played de­fen­sively,” Harper said. “We didn’t make any er­rors. Our pitch­ing was bet­ter than against Prairie Grove (the night be­fore). We threw more strikes.”

With the win Farm­ing­ton im­proved to 12-6 over­all and 6-3 in con­fer­ence play.

“I’m happy with where we are right now,” Harper said, “But you’ve got to get bet­ter every day.”

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Farm­ing­ton fresh­man Tate Sut­ton warms up in the bullpen be­fore pitch­ing the fifth in­ning in the Car­di­nals’ 13-0 win against Clarksville on Tues­day, April 17, 2018. Sut­ton faced four bat­ters and struck out two, in­duc­ing a ground­out to third to end the game.

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