Deep Creek rolls past King’s Fork

Published 10:12 pm Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Deep Creek jumped out to an 8-0 lead and went on to an 11-3 win in a Southeastern District baseball game at King’s Fork on Monday evening.

The weather almost won again as this was the third attempt at the Hornets’ and Bulldogs’ first meeting of the season. Heavy storms scooted past King’s Fork with only a brief shower a few minutes before the teams took the field.

As the first four innings turned out, the Bulldogs perhaps should’ve pulled for another rainout.


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The Hornets scored a pair of runs in both the first and second innings against KF starting pitcher Travis Cherry, then four more against reliever Aaron Aranda, who got one out in the third and one out in the fourth before Mike Murray came on to pitch in the fourth inning. Two of the four runs allowed with Aranda on the mound were unearned runs with two of KF’s five errors for the game coming in the fourth inning.

The Bulldogs broke up the shutout in the bottom of the fifth. Keith Jones drove a double to the fence in right-center field to start the frame. George Riddick walked and Murray reached on a catcher’s inference call to load the bases with no outs.

A pair of strikeouts left the bases loaded, but pinch-hitter Steven Smalt hit a single, a fly which fell in short right field, for one run. Leadoff hitter Matt Hommell followed with a two-run single to right, making the score 8-3 Deep Creek.

King’s Fork (3-7, 2-6) hosted Lakeland on Tuesday and hosts Hickory on Friday.