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Fleming rallies from four down to beat Nicholas

April 2, 2014
By Brad Laux of 1016sports

Tuesday, Apr. 1 -- Fleming County (3-2) baseball rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat Nicholas County 10-5 on Tuesday night in a make-up game originally scheduled for Monday. The win improved the Panthers’ home record to 3-1 this season, while Nicholas County (2-5) dropped its sixth consecutive road contest. The Panthers snapped both a two-game overall skid and a two-game slide in the series with the Bluejackets.

Nicholas County (2-5) opened the scoring with a run in the second. After the first two batters struck out, the next four Bluejackets reached base with Cameron Fryman scoring on a passed ball. The visitors added three more runs in the top of the third. Ben Duncan led off with a triple. Jacob Wiggins added an RBI single and Dillon Webb and Fryman tallied back-to-back doubles, with Fryman driving in a pair of runs.

Fleming County reached base in each of the first three innings, but left runners stranded at third each time. The hosts opened the floodgates with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Six Panthers reached base as T.J. Miller and Brett Fawns each drove in a pair of runs with a double and single, respectively. The Panthers added four more runs in the fifth by capitalizing on three singles and a two-RBI double from Aaron James. Bryce Gooding’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth drove in Bryson McKee and capped off the scoring for the hosts. Nicholas County added a run in the top of the seventh when Devin Trussell scored on a wild pitch.

Fleming County finished with a 10-8 advantage in hits. Miller and Jacob Boyd each tallied three, while Miller topped the squad with three RBI. James and Fawns each registered two. Taylor Muse went the distance on the mound to pick up the win. He surrendered eight hits and five earned runs, but struck out 12.

Tyler Newton suffered the loss. He threw six innings and allowed nine runs, although only two were earned. He also struck out eight. Christian George pitched the sixth inning in relief and gave up a hit and a run, while collecting a strikeout. Webb and Fryman each had two hits to pace the Bluejackets, with Fryman collecting a pair of RBI.

Nicholas  0 1 3 0 0 0 1 --  5  8  3
Fleming  0 0 0 5 4 1 x -- 10 10 2

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Pre-game notes: Tuesday make-up baseball game originally scheduled for yesterday with Nicholas County (2-4) traveling to Fleming County (2-2) for a 5:30 p.m. start. The Panthers enter the contest having dropped their last two outings, including a 5-4, eight-inning, Friday home decision to Lewis County in their last game. Fleming County is 2-1 at home this season. Only one of its four contests have been completed in the regulation seven innings. In addition to the Lewis game, the Panthers swept a home doubleheader with Menifee County to open the season with each contest lasting just five innings due to the 10-run rule. The strong start to its season is a positive sign for Fleming County, which went 2-5 to begin the 2013 campaign with all seven of those games coming on the road. The Panthers also struggled down the stretch, dropping their final five games of 2013, with four of those being played at home. Like Fleming County, Nicholas County has not played many close games this year. Three of the Bluejackets’ contests have lasted just five innings and five of the six were decided by 10 or more runs. Nicholas last played on Thursday, when it dropped a 12-2 contest at Sayre. Tonight is the second of four straight road games for the Blue and White. The Bluejackets are 0-3 on the road this year and dating back to last spring have gone winless in their last five contests outside of Carlisle. Nicholas’ last road win was on May 15, 2013, when it defeated Bracken County 12-1 in five innings. Today is the first of two scheduled meetings between the teams from neighboring counties. The other date is May 14 in Carlisle. Nicholas County defeated the Panthers 9-7 in FC’s home opener last year (9-7 on Apr. 8). The Bluejackets also claimed a 5-2 home victory on May 15, 2012. Fleming County won the last meeting in Flemingsburg, 8-3 on Mar. 29, 2012. The two teams did not play each other in 2011, but did split a home-and-home series in 2010 with each winning on the other’s diamond.

See videos: Fleming County junior right fielder Jacob Boyd, Fleming County coach Blake Price, Nicholas County coach Travis Sims.

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