Bulldogs’ season ended by Camels


By Tony McGuire - cpsports@gmail.com



Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Hazard’s Blake Nidiffer watches the ball kick into right field, and then moves to second base on the error.


Hazard’s Ryan Smith makes the throw to first to record the out.


Hazard catcher Cole Ratliff blocks a low pitch and quickly retrieves the ball to keep the base runners set.


Hazard’s Rudy Akemon picks up a hit and a RBI. Akemon had 2 or the Bulldogs 3 hits in thier opening round win.


Hazard’s Devin Morris comes across with the game’s only run during the Bulldogs’ opening round 1-0 win over North Laurel.


The Hazard Bulldogs (30-11) rolled into the second round of the Sweet Sixteen baseball tournament behind a stellar shutout of the North Laurel Jaguars. The Bulldogs’ opponent in the second round would be the Campbell County Camels, who entered the game with a 27-10 record.

Hazard opened the game strong as Griffin Wells went yard from his lead off position (1-0). The Bulldogs, however, were not through as they posted another run in the frame.

Cole Ratliff kept the rally going with a single, and took advantage of the defense to move into scoring position. Ratliff then crossed the plate on a single off the bat of Blake Nidiffer (2-0).

Campbell County started their comeback in the second innings as they cut the lead in half (2-1). The Camels completed the comeback in the third inning, and went ahead 2-3.

Hazard wasted little time getting a comeback of their own going as they tied the scored in the bottom of the inning. Rudy Akemon was able to reach on a throwing error, and moved around the bases via the error. Akemon would complete his journey on a wild pitch (3-3).

At this point, the Bulldog offense would stagger. Hazard would place only three runners in scoring position the rest of the game.

The Camels’ offense would go on a tear down the stretch, going up 4-3 in the fourth inning, jumping out to the 8-3 lead in the fifth, and ending the game 14-3 in the sixth inning. The loss, ended the Bulldogs’ season with a 30-12 mark.

Hazard (3) Griffin Wells 1 run, 1 hit and 1 RBI, Rudy Akemon 1 run and 1 hit, Cole Ratliff 1 run and 1 hit, Blake Nidiffer 1 hit and 1 RBI and Bailey Blair 1 hit.

Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Hazard’s Blake Nidiffer watches the ball kick into right field, and then moves to second base on the error.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0142.jpgPhotos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Hazard’s Blake Nidiffer watches the ball kick into right field, and then moves to second base on the error.

Hazard’s Ryan Smith makes the throw to first to record the out.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0155.jpgHazard’s Ryan Smith makes the throw to first to record the out.

Hazard catcher Cole Ratliff blocks a low pitch and quickly retrieves the ball to keep the base runners set.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0184.jpgHazard catcher Cole Ratliff blocks a low pitch and quickly retrieves the ball to keep the base runners set.

Hazard’s Rudy Akemon picks up a hit and a RBI. Akemon had 2 or the Bulldogs 3 hits in thier opening round win.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0220.jpgHazard’s Rudy Akemon picks up a hit and a RBI. Akemon had 2 or the Bulldogs 3 hits in thier opening round win.

Hazard’s Devin Morris comes across with the game’s only run during the Bulldogs’ opening round 1-0 win over North Laurel.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0223.jpgHazard’s Devin Morris comes across with the game’s only run during the Bulldogs’ opening round 1-0 win over North Laurel.

By Tony McGuire

cpsports@gmail.com

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