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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Cooper hurls Lady Billies to another sectional crown

Man High pitcher Morgan Cooper pitched a one-hit shutout and the Lady Billies pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning to beat Buffalo, 3-0, in the Class A, Region IV, Section 1 softball championship played on the home turf Tuesday night.

Cooper struck out 15 batters and did not allow a walk as Man moved to 18-2 overall, advancing to the Region IV tournament against unbeaten Wahama.

Ashley Tomblin doubled in a pair of runs while Cooper doubled, singled, walked and scored. Bailey Muncy added two hits. McKinley Cline and Carly Muncy scored one run each.

At Man

(Class A, Region IV, Section 1)

Championship

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

BF (5-11)…….000  000  0 – 0-1-2

MN (18-2)…….300  000  x – 3-6-0

Pitching:

WP – Morgan Cooper

LP – Alex Hill

Hitting: Ashlee Tomblin 2b, 2 RBI; Morgan Cooper 2b, 1b, bb, 1r; Bailey Muncy 2-1b; McKinley Cline 1r; Carly Muncy 1r, Man.


HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Man shows no mercy on Sherman in sectional title game

Man pounded out 11 hits and starting pitcher Ryan Cozart scattered three as the Hillbillies ran away with the Class A, Region IV, Section 1 championship with an 11-0 mercy rule win over Sherman in the game played at William “Tootie” Carter Field on Tuesday night.

Cozart fanned seven batters and did not allow a walk as the Hillbillies, now 19-8, advance to the Region IV championship against Wahama, winners of Section 2. The two will open the best of three series at Man on Monday night. First pitch is 6 p.m.

Caleb Blevins had a big night at the plate. He hit a leadoff home run in the first inning, doubled in the third, walked twice, scored three runs, and drove in three. Preston Blankenship collected a pair of singles and knocked in three runs while scoring twice.

Josh Lambert singled and batted in two runs while Cam Frye added three singles, scored two runs, and added an RBI. Cozart walked twice, scored, and had an RBI.

Man has now won nine straight games.

At Man

(Class A, Region IV, Section 1)

Championship

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

SH (23-7)……….000  00 –  0-  3-1

MN (19-8)………334  1x – 11-11-0

Pitching:

WP – Ryan Cozart

LP – Noah Boggs

Hitting: Caleb Blevins solo-HR, 2b, 3r, 3 RBI; Preston Blankenship 2-1b, 2r, 3 RBI; Josh Lambert 1b, 2 RBI; Cam Frye 3-1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Ryan Cozart 2-bb, 1r, 1 RBI; Casey Hurley 1b, bb, 1 RBI, Man.


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