Hoboes unable to tame Tigers

Laurel HIll baseball

Chase Locke drives a pitch for Laurel Hill during Tuesday's game against Malone.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 07:54 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Silver linings have been hard to come by in what has been a cloudy season for the Laurel Hill School baseball team.

A young Hobo squad short on upperclassmen that has struggled throughout the season has still shown a fighting spirit that makes Coach Ronnie Smith proud.

The Hoboes spotted Malone High School 10 runs in the top of the first inning Tuesday and then showed their fight hanging tough the rest of the way in a 14-3 loss. The game was called after four innings on the 10-run rule.

Laurel Hill was down 10-1 after the first inning and trailed 13-1 after two. The Hoboes outscored the Tigers 2-1 in the last three innings.

“At least they competed,” Smith said. “I have a bunch of young kids out there and they competed. They didn’t lay down.

“I didn’t see any feeling sorry for yourselves. I think the cream has finally risen to the top. It’s not as sweet as it should be right now, but maybe one day this bunch will get us back in the hunt.”

Malone couldn’t do anything wrong in the first inning as the Tigers sent 15 batters to the plate and pounded out nine hits off Hobo starting pitcher Jayce Davis. Four Laurel Hill errors gave the Tigers some unneeded help as Malone led 10-0 before the Hoboes came to bat.

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