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Cougars use big inning to pull away from Trojans

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Baseball Gillespie back to first Baseball Munford third baseman Baseball Peerey rounds third Baseball safe at home

The M&M Diamond Showdown was all tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
And the host Millington Trojans were in the middle of staging a rally with the bases loaded. Munford Cougar pitcher Clayton Talley kept his composure with one out already. Talley induced a double play to end the Millington threat.
The Cougars proceeded to score six more runs to leave Miles Park Friday night with an 8-2 win over their rivals.
“Baseball is a funny game,” Munford Head Coach Jason Johnson said. “You’re going to hit the ball right on the nose but right to somebody and you’re going to be out. Then sometimes you’re going to get jammed and the ball is going to fall right over the third baseman’s head.
“You can’t get down in this game,” he continued. “You’ve just got to keep playing. When a mistake happens, ‘I’m not going to make it again. I’m going to make the next play.’ They did a great job of that tonight. They’re growing and we’re growing leaps and bounds as a team.”
Munford got out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Jacob Sawyers drove in a run with a ground out. Millington tied the contest at 1-1 when senior Jacob Copeland hit a double to score Aaron Peerey. Taylor Ellison gave the Cougars back the lead in the third inning with a sacrifice fly. The Trojans tied the game in the fourth inning starting with Calvin Hodges reaching base on an error.
Peerey stroked a single to drive home the run making the tally 2-2. The next two Millington batters Copeland and Josh Middleton reached base with singles, but the inning-ending doubleplay ended the Trojans’ threat.
The Cougars staged a rally in the fifth inning that produced four runs. Kyle Hindman hit a double to regain the advantage for Munford scoring Ryan Haynes.
The score became 4-2 when Josh Hatfield singled to score Hindman. Munford senior Ty Gillespie was up next and strokes a triple to left field to make the tally 5-2. Craig Caleb drove in the final run of the frame with a base hit.
“We’ve been working on our timing at the plate and getting geared up to hit the fastball that Dyer County is going to throw at us in a couple of days,” Johnson noted. “It took them a couple of innings to adjust to the pitching we saw tonight. And they did make that adjust and for a young team that makes me proud to see that.”
Munford added two more runs in the sixth inning courtesy of Hatfield and Caleb singles. After six solid innings pitching from Cougar starter Dusty Baker and Talley, Jessie Charles came into the game in the seventh inning to close out the game.
“It makes me very proud to have the performances that we did on the mound from the guys,” Johnson said. “Dusty Baker, Clayton Talley and Jessie came in there and closed it. They did a great job of throwing strikes. I don’t know if they had a walk the whole night. If they did, it might have been one or two. Great job of throwing strikes and attacking hitters, which is what we teach.”


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