Trojans beat Coal Grove

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 12, 2004

PORTSMOUTH - In baseball there's pitching, hitting and defense.

The defense must have missed a sign.

Five errors led to four unearned runs as the Coal Grove Hornets lost 7-1 to the Portsmouth Trojans Tuesday in the Division III sectional tournament.

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"We just had too many errors early. We gave them their first four and got down and that was it," Hornets coach John Jones said.

Coal Grove jumped in front to start the game with its run in the first inning. Tommy Pemberton singled with two outs and Nick Bazell doubled off the wall.

Portsmouth tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Drew Howard was safe on an error, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Andrew Newman's sacrifice fly.

The Trojans took the lead with two runs in the second inning.

Jon Chandler singled, was sacrificed to second, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Greg Swords. With two outs, Jacob Llewellyn reached on a three-base error and Howard singled.

The lead went to 5-1 in the third inning.

Billy Payne singled, stole second, and came around on a pair of wild pitches. Chandler reached on a two-out error and scored on a hit by Randy Phipps.

Portsmouth capped the scoring with two insurance runs in the sixth inning when Llewellyn and Howard singled and Newman tripled.

Randall Scott got the win as he struck out eight, allowed five hits, and did not walk a batter. Pemberton took the loss as he struck out four and walked two.

Bazell was 2-3 for Coal Grove which finishes the season 8-10.

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Tommy Pemberton and Nick Bazell. Randall Scott and Greg Swords. W-Scott (8-K, 0-W). L-Pemberton (4-K, 2-W). 2B-Coal Grove: Nick Bazell. 3B-Portsmouth: Anthony Newman. Hitting-Coal Grove: Tommy Pemberton 1-3, Nick Bazell 2-3, Andrew Johnson 1-3, Bryan Bryant 1-2; Portsmouth: Drew Howard 2-4, Andrew Newman 1-2, Billy Payne 1-4, Jon Chandler 2-3, Randy Phipps 1-2, Jacob Llewellyn 2-3.