Lawrence Co. comeback beats Panthers in seventh

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, March 5, 2003

MONTICELLO – On Tuesday night at Jimmie Davis Park, LawrenceCounty and Brookhaven opened their 3-game Division 6-4A series in athick, foggy mist. Despite the misty weather conditions and a15-minute power outage, baseball was played.

The Lawrence County Cougars fought back from 2 deficits to claima hard-fought, 11-10 victory over the Brookhaven Panthers. TheCougars scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Brookhaven posted a 12-6 win over Lawrence County in the JVgame.

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Lawrence County will travel to Brookhaven Friday to continuetheir Division 6-4A series with a varsity doubleheader at MoyerField. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The Panthers (4-3, 2-2) wasted little time in getting on thescoreboard in their half of the first, gaining the early 4-0 lead.Josh Anderson reached on an error. Reggie Smith doubled to scoreAnderson. Two batters later, Adam Ogden reached on a fielder’schoice and stole second. Brooks Hall walked. Two batters later,Josh Townsend singled to score Ogden and Hall.

The Cougars (3-2, 1-0) cut their deficit to 4-2 in their half ofthe first. Michael Thompson walked and later stole second. Twobatters later, starting pitcher Casey Williams blasted a 2-runhomer over the left centerfield fence on a 1-0 pitch.

Lawrence County, coached by Chris Clark, took their first leadof the night at 5-4 in the bottom of the second. Kyle Hughleywalked. Brent Fraysier reached on a passed ball. David Gilbertgrounded into a fielder’s choice to score Hughley. Thompsontripled, scoring Fraysier. Klien Harbour singled to drive inThompson.

The Panthers, under the direction of head coach Randy Spring,authored a 5-5 deadlock in the top of the third. Ogden reached onan error. Hall and Scotty Smith issued consecutive singles to loadthe bases. With no outs and a full count, Townsend grounded into a6-4-3 double play; scoring Ogden from third.

Brookhaven extended its lead to 9-5 in their half of the fourth.Anderson tripled. Two batters later, Sykes’ single scored Anderson.Ogden was hit by a pitch. Hall reached on a passed ball to load thebases. Sykes scored. Scotty Smith singled to score Ogden.Townsend’s single scored Smith.

The Cougars would erupt for 5 runs in the bottom of the fourth,sending 11 batters to the plate. Gilbert, Thompson, Harbour,Hughley and Fraysier scored for Coach Clark. Thompson and Harboureach had 2 RBIs in the inning. Lawrence County gained a 10-9advantage at this point.

Brookhaven would tie the game at 10-10 in the top of the sixth.Sykes singled, stole second and reached third on an error. Ogden’sgroundout to short allowed Sykes to score.

Clark’s ballclub would come through for the home crowd in thebottom of the seventh. Gilbert walked. Thompson was hit by a pitch.Harbour’s long single to right scored Gilbert and caused jubilantcelebration from the Cougar dugout.

Anderson led Brookhaven with a single, a triple and 2 runsscored. Sykes had a pair of singles, 2 runs scored and a RBI. Ogdenscored 3 runs. Townsend singled, doubled and had 4 RBIs.

The Cougars got offensive support from Thompson, who doubled,tripled, scored 3 runs, had 3 RBIs and a stolen base. Harboursingled, doubled, scored a run and had 3 RBIs. Gilbert scoredtwice. Williams homered with 2 RBIs.

Watts picked up the win for Lawrence County in relief of starterCasey Williams. Watts tossed 3 complete innings, allowing 1 run on1 hit. He issued no walks with 3 strikeouts. Williams pitched 4innings, allowing 9 runs on 9 hits. He walked 3 and fanned 2Brookhaven batters.

Scotty Smith suffered the loss for the Panthers, allowing 1 runon 3 hits; with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts.