Lawrence Co. too much for Bassfield baseballers

Published 6:00 am Thursday, February 22, 2001

MONTICELLO – The Lawrence County High Cougars ran their baseballrecord to 3-0 with a 15-4 win over 2A rival Bassfield in recentbaseball action at Jimmie Davis Park. The Cougars erupted for 10runs on eight hits in the bottom of the first and were neverseriously threatened after that.

First-year Lawrence County coach Chris Clark was pleased withthe win. “It was great the way we came out swinging the bats in thefirst inning,” Clark said. “I was pleased with the way Dusty(Williamson) pitched. Defensively, I didn’t like the fact that welost some intensity when we juggled the lineup a little late in thegame. Before that, we made the plays defensively.”

After LCHS right-hander Dusty Williamson retired the YellowJackets in the top of the first, Cougar bats went to work with avengeanace. Red-hot center fielder Tyler Ball led off with adouble. Michael Edwards followed with a single. One out later,Dusty Ladd singled. Later in the inning, catcher Zack Powell laceda triple down the right field line. Shortstop Will Dawsey added atwo-run single. Not to be outdone, Ball then launched his firsthomer of the year, up against the old gymnasium in right center.After Edwards got his second single of the inning, Nathan Evansdoubled his home. It was a truly awesome inning for the Cougars.Bassfield never recovered.

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While Lawrence County hitters were having a successful night,Williamson was breezing along. In the first four innings, he facedjust two batters over the minimum, one who reached on an error andanother who singled. Bassfield got to Williamson a bit in the fifthbut he still had a good night. He gave up four hits and struck outeight.

T.J. Johnson relieved to get the final two outs of the fifth.After that, the game was halted by the ten-run rule, the thirdstraight such win for Lawrence County.

JV Cougars win

The LCHS junior varsity squad also had a successful night,beating Bassfield 10-1. Drew Haley was the winning pitcher in thatone.

The Cougars will next be in action tonight when they host 3Arival Franklin County.


Bassfield 0 00 04 – 4 4 3

Lawrence Co. (10)40 1x – 13 10 4

WP – Williamson (1-0). LP – McRaney. HR – Ball (LC), Barnes (B).3B – Powell (LC). 2B – Ball (LC), Evans (LC). Multiple hits – Ball(LC) 2, Edwards (LC) 2, Evans (LC) 2.