Yellow Jackets top Hokes Bluff in rain-shortened game

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By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

“Well, a win is a win,” said Glencoe High head coach Charlie Robertson following his team’s 4-3 come from behind win over cross-county rival Hokes Bluff in a weather shortened six-inning game on Tuesday (Mar. 31) at GHS. “It’s been a struggle to get the games in this year, so we’ll take them any way we can.”

The rain arrived in the fourth inning, followed by lightening that stopped the game in the bottom of the sixth with the Yellow Jackets leading 4-3.

Glencoe took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Dalton Roberts walked and scored on a Will Parker single. 

The Jackets manufactured another run in the bottom of the second inning when Pace Ozmint reached base on an error and later scored on another error. 

The top of the third saw the Eagles come roaring back. Fisher Simmons reached on an error and Chase Beggs followed with a single. A passed ball scored the first Eagle run, and Brett Haynie was hit by a pitch. After another passed ball, an Austin Wilbanks’ base hit platted two more runs for a 4-3 Hokes Bluff lead.

But Glencoe was not ready to give up, and the Jackets came back in the bottom of the fifth. 

Andrew Willis doubled with one out and scored on a wild pitch. Hunter Nunnally was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a Pace Ozmint single, giving Glencoe a 4-3 lead. The lead would stand as the weather stopped the game after five and a half innings of play.

Ozmint pitched five strong innings for Glencoe, giving up three runs on five hits. He struck out five. Jeff Ford came on in relief in the sixth. 

Chase Beggs went the distance for the Eagles, giving up four runs on four hits while walking three and striking out nine. 

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