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Bobcats slip by Trojans

Jim Walker



FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Green Bobcats were an example of efficiency.

Green had just one hit but beat the Portsmouth Trojans 3-2 on Monday in the season opener.

Not only did the offense show efficiency, pitcher Caleb Johnson used just 84 pitches to get the complete game win. He struck out seven, walked two and scattered eight hits.

“Caleb Johnson not only pitched a good game, but an efficient game,” said Green coach Dan McDavid.

“He had a lot of help to thank. Our defense played really well. It’s nice to win the first one but it’s just the start of a long grind.”

With no score, Levi Mollett, Clay Applegate walked and John Hallem all walked to start the third inning. Johnson greeted reliever Zach DeLotell with a two-run single and Trent Marcum’s one-out grounder scored the third run.

Portsmouth used a triple by Tanner Poage and a ground out to score in the sixth and added a run in the seventh.

Portsmouth 000 001 1 = 2 8 0

Green 003 000 x = 3 1 1

Alex Grashel, Zach DeLotell (3) and Tanner Poage. Caleb Johnson and Trevor Carver. W-Johnson (K-7, BB-2, 2-ER). L-Grashel (K-2, BB-4, HBP-2). 3B-Portsmouth: Poage. Hitting-Portsmouth: Sky Oliver 1-4, Mullins 1-4 rbi, Tanner Poage 1-3 r, Sturgill 1-3 rbi, DeLotell 1-3, Jacob Albrecht 2-3, Isaiah Lisath 1-3 r; Green: Caleb Johnson 1-2 2-rbi, Trent Marcum rbi.