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Lawrence Co. crushes Tylertown in 4 innings

MONTICELLO – Lawrence County defeated Tylertown 14-4 in Region 7-4A baseball action Thursday night at Jimmie Davis Park. The Cougars banged out 14 hits in closing out a 2-game region sweep. LCHS defeated Tylertown 16-0 on Tuesday.

With the win, Cory Keyes’ Cougars improved to 7-6 overall, and 2-2 in region play. The win was the Cougars’ sixth in their last seven games.

“We’re doing a little better,” Keyes said. “We’re certainly going to get our oil checked in the coming weeks. We’ve got division series against the last two state 4A champions, and we’ve got some really tough non-division games. Hopefully, our recent success will carry over.”

Keyes’ Cougars had a very successful start to Thursday’s game. They scored 6 runs on 6 hits in the bottom of the first, then put the game away with 7 runs on 4 hits in the second. LCHS dispatched Tylertown in 5 innings, with a single run in the bottom of the fifth.

Kewaun May, Matt Patterson, Will Jackson, and Kody Smith each had 2 hits for Lawrence County. T-Tez Cole, Hunter Stephens, Jordan McCaffrey, Cade Turner, Reid Graves, and Patrick Little each had 1. It was Little’s fifth-inning single that drove home the game-ending run.

While the Cougar bats were booming, senior right-hander John Hedgepeth proved effective against Chief batters. In 4 innings, he gave up 2 runs-1 earned-on just 1 hit. Hedgepeth struck out 5. Matt Patterson pitched the fifth inning.

Latavious Harris had 2 hits for Tylertown. Justin Burch had 1. Burch had the Chiefs’ only hit in Tuesday’s contest. Peyton Harvey was the starter and loser for the Chiefs. Jeb McBeth shut the Cougars out in the third and fourth, before surrendering the game-ending run in the fifth.

Junior Varsity Results

Lawrence County also won the junior varsity game, 10-0, as Kody Smith, Joshua Stephens, and Eddie Jake Smith combined on a 5-inning shutout. Stephens and Brennan Lang each had 2 hits.