The Dark Horses rumbled with Hobbton Friday night for their season opener in rivalry baseball action. Battling on the Horses home turf, both the junior varsity and varsity teams for Clinton came away with big wins, reaching the mercy rule.
The young Dark Horses were up first against the Wildcats and it took them little time to seal the deal. Winning the game in just three innings they completely shutout Hobbton, the final verdict 15-0.
“I thought we came away with a great win, I was really happy with our performance at the mound and in the field,” said Horses junior varsity head coach James Moore.
The Wildcats got first dibs at bat but they weren’t able to make anything happen as the pitching by Clinton’s Lee Tyner was to much , he quickly sent the game to the bottom of the first. With the visiting Cats unable to put any points on the board it was the Horses turn to take a few a swings. Not only did they get their share of hits they blew the game wide open which ultimately gave them the win.
Connecting on pitch after pitch the Horses rounded the bases quite a few times, so many times in fact that they put themselves ahead 13-0 by the time they were stopped. With the game way out reach the young Horses punched in the last two runs they needed in the next inning clenching their victory.
The Varsity Dark Horses were also dominate in their season opener over Hobbton. Although they didn’t shut them out, they still reached the mercy rule, the final 15-5.
“Winning the first game is always pretty good, while we didn’t have a lot of hard hits we were able to put the ball on the bat, our pitchers did good and overall I’m pleased with how we played,” said varsity head coach Scott Lewis.
On the plate first again was the visiting team and they took advantage, drawing blood in the opening inning going up 1-0. It didn’t last as Clinton responded to that score and quickly sent the game to the bottom of the first. Clinton took back control of the game on their first attempt at bat going ahead 4-1 ending the first inning.
They continued to roll into the second inning as they stretched the lead out even further. Holding the Wildcats scoreless in the second they touched the home plate two more times before the third, the score 6-1. Hobbton didn’t give up fighting as they found themselves back in the game during the course of the third.
Finding life at the top of the third inning Hobbton rallied for four runs to bring the game back within reach, the score sitting at 6-5. The game pushed forward when Clinton ran away with the lead and never looked back, finding six scores between the ending of the third and fourth innings and led 12-5.
With only three points shy of the mercy rule, the home team didn’t allow the opposition to get their second wind again closing out the night in the fifth inning reaching 15 points.
“We have a really experience team, 11 of our 15 guys are seniors and I was really impressed with how they responded to the run they made,” said Lewis.
With wins by both squads the Horses go to 1-0 on the year and look to keep it going Saturday when they travel to take on Trask. As for the Wildcats they drop to 1-1 and are also on the road, they’ll look for redemption against Goldsboro on Tuesday.
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