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SPORTS: 8U Lincoln County Americans run-rule Pike County, Natchez

The 8U Lincoln County Americans took two out of three games Saturday at the Lincoln Civic Center Baseball Complex as they run-ruled Pike County 15-4 in game one. The Americans fell to Lawrence County 12-8 in game two, then rebounded to run-rule Natchez 14-3.

The Americans jumped out in front of Pike County early and never looked back. With their bats swinging freely, the Americans seemed to score at will in every inning.

“Today went good for us,” Lincoln County Americans coach Cody Hall said. “Anytime you come out on the first day of a tournament and go 2-1, you really can’t ask for more. We had ups and downs today, but the kids fought hard all day long and got the job done.”

The Americans started the game off with a single, and soon found themselves on the board with an RBI triple. The Americans would score once again, with one out, on a RBI single.

With two outs, and runners on the corners, the Americans added one more run before Pike County was able to record the final out.

Pike County managed one run in their half of the first, scoring on a one-out RBI single. The Americans kept themselves in front by recording the final two outs of the inning.

The Americans added onto their lead in the top half of the second, scoring three more runs and keeping Pike County scoreless in the bottom half.

The Americans put the game out of reach in the third, going up 8-1. Pike County attempted a rally in the bottom of the third getting two runs in, but the Americans snuffed out the rally attempt.

The Americans run-ruled Pike County in the fourth inning, bringing seven runners across the plate, picking up a 15-4 win.

“We fell to the losing bracket after that second game which was a tough game,” Hall said. “The kids were able to put that game behind them and run rule the next team.”

Story by Dave Linton