This past weekend, the Hazard Bulldogs began their quest for the All “A” state baseball title. The Bulldogs took on a familiar football foe in the Campbellsville Wildcats.
Hazard would be the first team to break the ice, scoring a pair of runs in the second inning (both runs would score on an Andy Baker single). The rally would rattle the Wildcats as they began to load the bases with Bulldog runners via the walk.
Three consecutive free passes eventually led to three runs. Only one of the runs scored due to a hit, but it increased the Bulldog lead to 5-0. The score would then hold until the sixth inning.
Hazard continued to work the pitch count for easy bases in the sixth inning. The Bulldogs scored three runs and left the bases loaded while only garnering two hits (8-0)
Campbellsville would not go away without a fight. The Wildcats got a brief rally going in the bottom of the sixth inning. The run would net them three runs, and tightened the score at 8-3.
Hazard got one of the runs back in the seventh inning (9-3), and settled in to close out the game. The Bulldogs finished off the Wildcats, and moved on in the tournament with the 9-3 win.
Ryan Smith picked up the win on the mound, throwing 6.33 innings with 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. Chase Ford closed out the game working .67 innings with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.
Hazard (9) Griffin Wells 1 run, Cole Ratliff 2 hits and 1 RBI, Ryan Smith 1 run and 1 RBI, Rudy Akemon 2 runs, Blake Nidiffer 1 run and 1 RBI, Blake Lockhart 1 run and 2 RBI, Devin Morris 1 RBI, Dalton Baker 1 hit and 1 RBI, Coby Cumbow 1 hit, Kyle Johnson 1 run and Andy Baker 2 runs, 2 hits and 2 RBI.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.