Winning night for KF teams

Published 10:33 pm Monday, April 4, 2011

King’s Fork’s Travis Cherry pitched a complete game as the Bulldogs beat Oscar Smith 6-4 in a Southeastern District game at King’s Fork Monday night. Cherry allowed four hits and struck out eight. The Bulldogs improve to 2-4.

King’s Fork swept Oscar Smith on the Bulldog diamonds Monday evening with the Lady Bulldogs romping to a 19-2 win and KF’s baseball team having a much tighter contest as four Bulldog runs in the fifth inning led the way to a 6-4 district win.

Cruising to a 6-1 mark overall and 5-1 so far in the Southeastern District, the Lady Bulldogs hit through their order, at least, in each of the first three frames against the Lady Tigers.

King’s Fork’s Megan Blythe went 5-for-5 at the plate with a double, a triple, four runs scored and three runs driven in as the Lady Bulldogs beat Oscar Smith 19-2 Monday at KF.

King’s Fork patiently took advantage of nine walks and made it through three hit batters by Oscar Smith pitchers.

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All those base runners alone would’ve been enough, but the Lady Bulldogs added their usual slugging led by a 5-for-5 day at the plate by second-place hitter Megan Blythe.

Blythe hit a single in the first and came around to score. In the second, Blythe’s triple down the left-field line scored Autumn Vick, making it 5-0 KF at that point, and Blythe scored a couple batters later.

In the third, Blythe singled and scored early in what kept going for a 10-run inning. Still with one out in the frame, Blythe knocked a two-run double and came around to score for a 19-0 KF lead.

Chelsea Holecek (3-1) pitched three no-hit innings and got the victory. Ashley Roten pitched the last two innings for KF before the mercy rule was called.

Taylor Davis went 2-for-3 with four RBI. Jennifer Delucia reached base with a single, a walk and a hit by pitch and scored all three times.

On the baseball diamond at King’s Fork, the home team trailed after the Tigers plated three runs in the second.

KF pitcher Travis Cherry fought through repeated jams early in the game to keep the Tiger lead within reach.

The jams were partially Cherry’s own doing as four Oscar Smith innings opened with a walk or hit batter.

Oscar Smith had a run in, for a 4-1 lead, and two Tigers on with one out in the third but Cherry got a strikeout and a grounder to Jonathan Wilson at short to end the inning.

Noah Johnson singled, followed by George Riddick’s single, to start the bottom of the third. Johnson scored on a wild pitch to bring KF within 4-2.

From the Tiger third inning on, Cherry allowed only one hit, making for four on the evening. Cherry finished with eight strikeouts.

The Bulldogs (2-4, 2-4) turned the game around in the fifth. Nick Ramos singled to start the inning. After a fly out, George Riddick walked followed by Danny Gromkoski lining a single into left to bring Ramos in from third.

One of three Tiger wild pitches in the inning allowed Riddick to score the tying run.

With the bases loaded and two outs, the Tigers came within a foot, literally, of keeping the score tied. Brian Morrison’s grounder to short seemed to be a routine out until a low throw pulled the Tiger first baseman’s foot off the bag. Gromkoski scored from third and Matthew Hommell sprinted all the way from second to score on the play, making it 6-4 KF.

Cherry and the Bulldog defense kept the drama to a minimum for the last six outs. Riddick and Wilson combined for a first-to-short double play, with a tag by Wilson at second base, to end the Tiger sixth.

A two-out walk was the only Tiger runner in the seventh before Cherry got the last out via strikeout.

Monday’s games at King’s Fork were make-up games from during last week’s rain, leaving the Bulldogs and all of the Southeastern with busy slates this week. Both Bulldog teams host Indian River Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.a