Coal Grove suffers #8216;good#8217; road loss at hands of Tomcats, 3-1

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

ASHLAND, Ky. — No one wants to lose, but it was a gain for the Coal Grove Hornets.

Despite a 3-1 loss to the Ashland (Ky.) Tomcats Tuesday, the Hornets took a step forward.

“We played pretty sound. We’re getting better. I want to see us battle and we’re doing that,” said Hornets coach John Jones. “We had some guys on base, we just didn’t get timely hits.”

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Freshman Wayne Sparks took the tough loss. He struck out five, walked three and only one run was earned. Ashland had just four hits.

“Wayne pitched well. He had a one-hitter until the sixth inning,” said Jones.

An error, a sacrifice fly, a walk and a wild pitch scored the first Ashland run.

In the sixth inning, Ashland used three hits and two errors to score twice and take a 3-0 lead.

Coal Grove got its only run in the seventh inning.

Alex Johnson doubled, went to third base on a ground out and came home on a missed third strike that rolled to the backstop.

Coal Grove (2-6) hosts Fairland Wednesday. Ashland is now 3-3.

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Wayne Sparks and Taylor Dean. Caleb Rigsby (5-K, 0-BB), Chase Adkins (6) and Duvall. W-Rigsby (5-K, 3-BB, 1-ER). L-Sparks (9-K, 3-BB, 1-ER). 2B-Coal Grove: Taylor Dean, Alex Johnson. Hitting-Coal Grove: Oakie Haynes 1-3, Taylor Dean 1-3, Alex Johnson 1-3, Shanon Goodwin 1-3, Wayne Sparks 1-3; Ashland: Nick Jackson 1-3, Justin Slone 1-2, Josh Miller 1-2, Robbie Wilcox 1-2.