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Carroll uses big inning to whip Trimble 13-3
Courier Sports Staff
Friday, March 21, 2014 11:00 AM
A big second inning sent Carroll County to a 13-3 baseball win in five innings over rival Trimble County on Thursday in Carrollton.
After Trimble scored one run in the top of the second inning, Carroll responded with an eight-run outburst in the bottom half of the frame and added four more in the third, taking a commanding 12-1 lead.
According to Raider head coach Frank Ragland, the early inning assault by the home team could have been prevented.
"The second inning was what killed us but we didn't help ourselves," Ragland said. "We walked two batters, hit three batters and then committed all three of our errors in the inning. Out of the eight runs Carroll scored in the second only two were earned.
"If we get out of that inning the way we should have it's a 2-1 ballgame heading into the third. If that's the case we have an entirely different mindset and give ourselves a chance to win."
The Raiders managed two runs in the top of the fifth but the Panthers came back with an additional run in the bottom half of the inning which ultimately ended the game via the 10-run rule.
Carroll scored its 13 runs on 13 hits and committed no errors. Justin Ray led the Panther offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Austin Dunn, John Michael Adams and Keifer McIntyre each had two hits while Zakk Hicks, Seth Hicks, Austin Crowell and Jacob Wise each had one. Seth Hicks' lone knock came on a grand slam which brought across a team-high four runs.
Trimble had just six hits in the contest. Hunter Duncan led the Raiders offense with two hits and an RBI. Andrew Young, Michael Dunaway, Jacob Lindon and Robert Harris each had a base hit.
Carroll's Zakk Hicks picked up the win on the mound. Hicks threw four innings, giving up just one earned run on two hits while walking five and striking out five.
Duncan received the loss on the hill for Trimble. The Raiders' starting pitcher lasted two and one-third of an inning, giving up 11 runs -six earned- on seven hits while walking three and striking out five.
Both teams return to action on Monday. Carroll County (2-0) hosts Collins while Trimble County (1-2) visits Eminence.
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