LAUREL HILL — Nothing seemed to go right for the Laurel Hill School baseball team Thursday as the Hoboes hosted Ponce de Leon in a District 1-1A game.
The Hobo offense struggled with just two hits. And Laurel Hill starting pitcher Bryson Cooper failed to make it out of the second inning giving up six runs on three hits and five walks. Jace Davis, who replaced Cooper on the mound, also walked five batters and he hit a batter.
Throw in four Hobo errors and it amounts to an 11-1 Pirate win.
The game was called at the end of six innings on the 10-run rule.
Laurel Hill Coach Ronnie Smith tried to find something positive as the Hoboes fell to 0-6 on the season.
“Jace Davis came in there and battled,” Smith said.
By the time Davis replaced Cooper on the mound with two outs in the second inning Ponce de Leon had scored six runs.
The Pirates did most of their damage on the freebies the Hoboes gave them.
PDL did manage seven hits three of which came in the first inning.
The Laurel Hill offense never did find an answer for Pirate pitcher Zach Johnson.
Johnson gave up a one-out walk to Cooper in the second inning. Cooper stole second base and third base. He scored on a throwing error by Johnson.
In the fourth inning, Cooper drove a hanging curve ball by Johnson to center for a double and the first Hobo hit of the game. Sam Durm had the only other Hobo hit, a sixth inning single.
Johnson finished the game with seven strike outs while walking three Laurel Hill batters.
Smith said he’s still looking for answers for a team that has just two seniors. He said he saw some signs of improvement earlier in the week against Central
“We keep trying to find something to build on,” he said. “We are not swinging the bats very good.
“We went over to Central on Tuesday night and made some plays early and we stayed in the game early and there was some heart.”
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at email@example.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.