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April 24, 2012

BOYS' BASEBALL: SOLID AS A ROCK

Harrell pitches Henryville past New Wash, 6-1

NEW WASHINGTON —  

A solid outing by starting pitcher Dakota Harrell helped the Henryville baseball team improve to 2-0 in the Southern Athletic Conference on Monday in a 6-1 victory at New Washington.

Harrell pitched his second complete game of the season, yielding no earned runs on five hits. The junior right-hander struck out seven and walked two, improving his record to 3-0. 

Hornets’ head coach Jeff Schroeder lauded Harrell for rebounding from a rough outing in his last pitching stint during a 9-8 loss to Eastern on April 17. 

“He did a good job. He had to attack the first batter he faced in each inning today,” Schroeder said. “In the last game he pitched, he didn’t have good command of his pitches.”

One pitch Harrell had good control of was his cutter. Harrell used that pitch to get several Mustangs to either strike out or ground out throughout the game.

“When he gets that pitch down, he’s pretty tough,” Schroeder said. “When he gets it up, he gets in trouble.”

For most of the game, Henryville (6-6) took advantage of several Mustang miscues to push runs across the plate.

The Hornets plated two runs in the top of the second inning off New Washington starter Cody Rager to go up 2-0. 

Henryville’s Dylan Collins led off the frame by getting hit by a pitch. After a Brent Taylor groundout and Austin Bowles drawing a walk, Hornet center fielder Joey Martin smacked an opposite-field single into right field to drive in Collins for Henryville’s first run. Shortly thereafter, Martin scored on a Rager wild pitch.

New Washington (3-7, 0-2 SAC) scored its lone run of the contest in the bottom of the second.

Brad Baker led off the inning with a bloop double that dropped into shallow left field. Baker then advanced to third base on a throwing error. A Dustin Cooper grounder to third plated Baker to cut the Mustangs’ deficit to 2-1. 

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