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Horseman Sweep Jays In First Doubleheader

COTTONDALE, MAY 31—With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning and the tying run at the plate, the Horsemen’s hurler Jeremy Barber got Chance Burnett to groundout to shortstop Ben Faurot to secure Calhoun County’s 10-6 win over Jackson County in the first game of last Sunday’s doubleheader. It was also Jeremy Barber’s (3-1) first complete game of this inaugural season. After surrendering his only walk and 4 earned runs off of 8 hits in his first 3 innings of work, Barber settled in and began locating his pitches. He allowed only 4 hits through the remaining 4 innings. Six of Barber’s 10 strikeouts came after the third inning. Jackson County (1-6) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of two Horsemen’s errors and a passed ball. Keith Kirkpatrick scored Calhoun County’s (4-3) first run in third inning. He took a 0-1 pitch and delivered a turf-torcher back up the middle, stole second base and continued onto third on the catcher’s throwing error. Cale Chafin’s single to left field brought Kirkpatrick across the plate to make it a 2-1 ballgame. The Jays tacked on a run in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-1 lead. But the Horsemen welcomed new pitcher Bud Masterson to the game by exploding with a 7-run third inning. Chad Bailey got it started by bouncing single to the right side of the infield. With one out Tad Scott reached after being hit by a pitch. Josh McIntosh reached on a fielder’s choice but Jackson County’s attempt to force Scott out at second base went awry as the shortstop threw wide of the mark. Bailey scored on the play and Scott advanced to third. Then McIntosh stole second base. With two outs the first baseman’s fielding error allowed Keith Kirkpatrick to reach first while Scott scored on the play. Cale Chafin single to left field brought McIntosh home. A wild pitch allowed Kirkpatrick to move to third base and Chafin found himself on second. Kirkpatrick stole home a second after Greg Betts was singling to right field and Chafin crossed the plate. Both Brandon Smith and Chad Bailey drew a walk. Ben Faurot’s single through the left side of the infield plated Smith and put the Horsemen on top, 8-6. Calhoun County posted their last 2 runs in the sixth inning. The first came off of Ben Faurot’s lead off jack over the left centerfield fence, his fourth of the season. With one out Josh McIntosh reached on an infield single to the left side. With two outs and two back-to-back walks to load the bases, McIntosh scored after Greg Betts was issued a walk to give the Horsemen the 10-6 win. With there 31 at bats Calhoun County collected 10 hits while striking out only 3 times. Jackson County collected 12 hits in their 35 opportunities at the plate. Of those 12 hits, 10 were singles. Leading Calhoun County offensively was Greg Betts who was 2-for-2, he scored a run and he had 2 RBI. Cale Chafin, who was 2-for-3, scored a run and he was credited with 2 RBI. Ben Faurot was 2-for-5, including his solo homerun and he collected 2 RBI. Dominant pitching in Game Two allowed the Horsemen to complete the twin killing. They gave up only 2 hits and starting pitcher Keith Kirkpatrick (2-1) picked up the win. In two innings of work he struck out 2 batters and allowed a hit. Jason Barber relieved him in the third inning and he was equally effective, fanning 4 batters while giving up a hit and a walk. Facing only one batter over the minimum through three innings, closer Tad Scott sat down 4 of Jackson County’s (1-7) would be hitters. Complementing the Calhoun County’s (5-3) pitching was timely hitting. Lead off batter Brandon Smith slammed the first pitch he saw into the left centerfield fence for a double. With one out Ben Faurot picked up his third RBI of the afternoon when he plated Smith with a screaming single to left field. Jeremy Proctor followed with a single of his own into right field. Then Nick Edenfield poked a single into centerfield that scored Faurot and the Horsemen had a 2-0 lead. Another run was added to their side of the ledger in the second inning. Gary Chew beat out a high-hopping single in front of the plate. Chew crossed the plate when Brandon Smith delivered his second hit of the game, a single to centerfield. Calhoun County extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning. With one out both Chad Bailey and Ben Faurot reached on consecutive singles. Jeremy Proctor found himself on first base courtesy of a fielder’s choice but Bailey was forced out at third on the play. Josh McIntosh delivered a single to left field that plated Faurot. Tad Scott led off the fifth inning by reaching base after being hit by a pitch for the third time on the afternoon. After he stole second and third base, Gary Chew brought Scott home with a sacrifice fly to left field and the Horsemen held a comfortable 5-0 lead. In the sixth inning Chad Bailey reached after shooting a single through the left side of the infield. With two outs Josh McIntosh launched his second homer of the season–a line-drive shot over the centerfield fence and the Horsemen were up by a 7-0 score. Their final two runs came in the seventh inning and Gary Chew got it started by singling through the left side of the infield. Tony Golden followed by blasting a double into centerfield to score Chew. Then Golden moved to third base on Brandon Smith’s fly out to centerfield and touched the dish after the ball was mishandled by the shortstop. Leading the Horsemen at the plate was Josh McIntosh who went 4-for-3, including a two-run homerun, and he picked up 3 RBI. Gary Chew was 2-for-3, scored twice and he had a RBI. Brandon Smith was 2-for-4, scored a run and tallied 2 RBI. Ben Faurot was 2-for-5, crossed the plate twice and collected a RBI. With the sweep of Jackson County, Calhoun County continues to lead the Western Division and is in second place in the league’s overall standings. This Sunday they will take on the league-leading Liberty Dawgs on Liberty County High School’s field. The first seven-inning game of the doubleheader will begin at 2 pm (ET) and 1 pm (CT). The finale is scheduled for a 5 pm (ET) and 4 pm (CT) start. GO HORSEMEN!!!

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