Straughn sweeps PHS

Published 11:59 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Straughn got over its weekend drought Tuesday night and defeated Pleasant Home in a doubleheader at Straughn High School.

The Tigers beat the Eagles 13-3 in the first game and 12-2 in the second game.

Straughn 13,

Pleasant Home 3

Straughn went out on top early in the first inning with an RBI single from Nick Allen to score Josh Dewrell. Dewrell reached when he was hit by a pitch.

In the second inning, the Tigers (13-7) added an additional three runs on a three-run home run from Dewrell to score Levi Lumpkin and Cole Armstrong. Lumpkin reached when he was hit by a pitch and Armstrong got on base with a single.

In the third inning, Allen scored when Chase Parker hit an RBI double to make it 5-0.

Pleasant Home got on board in the third inning, scoring its only three runs of the game.

Straughn kept its scoring alive, adding three runs in the fifth and five in the sixth when the game was called due to the mercy rule.

“We played better defense in both games,” Straughn coach John Fussell said. “The pitching looked real good.

“We looked a lot better than when we played last weekend,” he said.

The winning pitcher for Straughn was Josh Dewrell.

Dewrell pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, five hits, one walk and earning nine strikeouts.

Straughn 12,

Pleasant Home 2

The Tigers kept their winning momentum alive in the second game, going up 1-0 in the second and scoring four runs in the third inning.

Pleasant Home squeezed a run in in the third and fourth innings before Straughn blew the game open and scored seven runs in the fifth.

In the fifth, Tyler Yelverton hit an RBI single to score Stinson; Allen hit an RBI single to score Yelverton; and Parker hit a two-run double to score courtesy runner Zack Turvin and Allen.

Luke Fussell, Chase Short and Cole Armstrong all scored on a two-run double and an earned run.

Fussell said it was essential to get the wins Tuesday.

“We needed those two wins to help build our confidence back,” he said. “Luverne is going to be tough. They hit the ball well, play solid defense and are well coached.

“They have a left handed pitcher that’s real good,” he said.

Stinson was the winning pitcher.

Stinson pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, one earned run, five hits, zero walks and striking out six.

Straughn will travel to play Luverne on Friday at 4:30 p.m.