Bobcats rout Pike County

Published 12:04 am Friday, March 16, 2012

Opp's Brady Jowers struck out five and allowed one run on no hits in 3.0 innings for the win. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Opp scored 13 runs on Pike County in the second inning as the Bobcats rolled to a 18-2 area victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday night at Merchants Field.

The ninth-ranked Bobcats plated 19 in the second inning, and improves to 7-2 overall, and 1-0 in Class 3A, Area 2. Opp will visit PCHS tonight to continue in area action for a doubleheader.

In their win over the Bulldogs, the Bobcats tallied 19 hits and every player had the opportunity to get in some playing time.

“We hit it well,” OHS coach Michael Cassady said. “We made some mental mistakes, but overall, I was pleased with our plate appearances, pleased with our defense.

“It’s our first area win and that’s always good,” he said.

In the second inning, Jo Jo Jones walked to start the scoring spree and courtesy runner Justin Adkins scored on a sacrifice from Dane Buckelew.

Thomas Weed then scored on a double from Trey Short and three batters later, T.J. Register and Ethan Davis scored on a double by Russell Moseley. Register and Davis reached on singles at their first time at bat.

Later in the inning, Moseley scored on an error and Hunter Roeser scored on a sacrifice from Jones. Brady Jowers reached on an error and courtesy runner Kyle Marshall scored on a double from Weed.

Weed came in on a double from Buckelew; Buckelew and Short scored on a single from Davis; and Register and Davis scored on a double from Moseley to end the scoring in the inning.

“We batted several in the second inning,” Cassady said. “That was huge.

“Anytime they come up there and expect to hit the ball, good things happen.

“The biggest thing is that we made an adjustment by sitting back and waiting on it (the pitch),” he said.

Behind a quality pitching performance by Jowers, the Bobcats allowed the Bulldogs to reach third base only twice — in the first inning.

The Bulldogs scored one run on a balk from Jowers and added their last run of the game in the top of the fifth on an RBI single from Azriel Larkin.

Jowers allowed one run on now hits and walked one while striking out five in 3.0 innings to take the win.

T.J. Bess and Buckelew came in in relief and pitched one inning each. Bess had three strikeouts on no hits, and Buckelew allowed one run on one hit.

The Bobcats got on board in the first inning on a sac fly by Davis to score Buckelew. Register came in on a single by Moseley, and Moseley scored on a passed ball.

Moseley went 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs; Davis went 2-for-4 with three RBIs; Buckelew went 2-for-3 with two RBIs; and Short, Register, Roeser, Jones and Weed had one RBI each.