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Indians surge to 8-0 lead, cruise past Campbell
June 28, 2014By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Thursday, Apr. 24 -- Montgomery County jumped out to an early lead and used timely hitting and outstanding pitching from Dustyn Stevens to pull out a 9-4 home baseball victory over Campbell County on Thursday on Military Appreciation Night. The Indians scored three times in the first, added a run in the second, three in the fourth and one in the fifth to secure an 8-0 advantage.
Campbell (4-11) responded by tallying three runs in the sixth and another in the seventh, but could not complete the comeback. Montgomery (8-11) tallied nine hits and benefitted from seven Camel errors. The visitor’s defensive lapses led to five unearned runs.
Campbell threatened in the first inning. Dawson Hogan’s walk and Joe Kremer’s single, plus a double steal, led to both getting into scoring position. However, Stevens prevented any runs from crossing the plate after striking out the next two batters.
After the first three batters reached base in the bottom of the frame, John Blanton’s two-run single and Dalton Lee’s RBI single put the hosts ahead 3-0. Chaiten Tomas’ home run over the left-field fence stretched the lead to 4-0.
Tomlin led off the fourth with a double and Blake Thomas and Stevens each followed with singles with all three (with Paul Wise running to Stevens) eventually scoring.
A pair of errors led to the Indians’ fifth-inning run. A dropped third strike and four singles allowed the Camels to score three times in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the stanza, Blanton’s single and an error gave the hosts’ their final run.
In the top of the seventh, pinch hitter Austin Baker drew a leadoff walk and a second pinch hitter, Kevin Skinner, added a single. Kremer ‘s sacrifice fly to right field plated Baker for the game’s final run.
Stevens secured the win after throwing five and two-thirds innings. He did not allow an earned run, while striking out four and allowing five hits (although only one through the first four innings).
Tomlin led the Indians at the plate with a 2-for-2 performance, scoring three times and collecting an RBI. Blanton and Thomas also had two hits for the victors. Skinner was 2-for-2, despite entering the game in the sixth inning, to pace the Camels, which tallied six total hits.
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Pre-game notes: Thursday baseball: Campbell County (4-10) at Montgomery County (7-11) 5:45 p.m. Monty dropped last two and is 4-7 in last three weeks. Indians fell on road to Clark County 12-2 in five innings on Tuesday and 12-10 to Bryan Station on Saturday. MC won last two home games, defeating No. 6 Boyd County 6-5 in eight innings and Paris 10-0, late last week. Team is 3-3 at home this year. The Camels are just 1-5 in their last six outings, with the lone win a 10-0, five-inning decision over Cincinnati’s Summit Country Day on Tuesday. CC is 4-6 away from home this year, with Tuesday’s win snapping a 2-game road skid. Campbell is in the midst of a six-game road swing. Today is just the team’s third contest against a regional opponent, having dropped both previous outings. First meeting since 2005, when the Camels won 9-5 at the regional tournament in Winchester, and also 5-3 at home earlier in the campaign in Alexandria. Montgomery won a home doubleheader on May 1, 2004, 6-0 and 7-3, in the last meeting in Mt. Sterling.
See videos: Montgomery County sophomore right fielder Chaiten Tomlin, Montgomery County coach Jonathan Hackett, Campbell County coach Scott Schweitzer.