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Hathcock helps Cards outlast Cougars

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The Munford/Brighton rematch April 22 at the Brighton Baseball Field was about Tipton County pride and even more importantly getting on the other side of the bracket from Dyer County.
The Choctaws are the top team in District 13-3A and one of the best in the nation. As the district tournament approaches, Dyer County will host the event and play the No. 4 seed.
Brighton Cardinals Head Coach Brian Oswalt knew if his team could win the second game and earn a sweep over the Munford Cougars, his team would be at least the No. 3 seed.
Brighton beat the Cougars the previous night in Munford 2-0 behind a solid pitching performance from Nate Newman.
“Last night Nate came in, he was dead on and shut them down,” Oswalt recalled. “He threw some great pitches. He went a complete game and I couldn’t ask for anything better. He’s always been good against Munford.”
In the rematch, Oswalt needed ace and University of Memphis signee Colton Hathcock to be good against Munford. Despite giving up two runs, Hathcock neutralized the Cougars long enough for Brighton to prevail 5-2.
“Colton is Colton,” Oswalt said. “I can stick him out there on the mound anytime. But they had a great approach against Colton tonight. Even toward the end, they were putting some balls into play. But he was pumping it in there. He fought through some things and did a great job.”
Hathcock gave up 5 hits while striking out 11 Cougars. Munford jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Brighton tied the contest at 1-1 in the bottom half of the opening frame.
Brighton jumped ahead 2-1 in the second inning when senior Colby Potson placed down a suicide squeeze with two outs to score Jared Webb from third.
Munford tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning with an infield hit of its own. Gunner Vines’ single traveling a short distance allowed teammate Ty Gillespie to step on home plate.
Brighton kept up its aggression in the batter’s box in the third inning staging a two-run rally. Ladarious Williams struck a big blow smashing a triple to right field to score Bentley Jones.  Later in the inning, Brighton senior Tanner McDivitt drove in Williams with a single to make the score 4-2. Brighton added a run later in the game when Nate Newman reached on an error and was able to score from first base on two throwing miscues.
“Since we’ve played Covington and now this with it being a rivalry between us, it seem like we were more intense and everybody has been very aggressive,” Oswalt noted. “Right now we’re happy. It looks like we’ll face Hardin County. I like some of my chance of who I have got pitching and if we keep hitting the ball like we have.”

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