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Bobcats edge Flyers in yet another close game

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Green Bobcats are making a habit of it.

Playing in their third one-run game and second in as many days, the Bobcats slipped past the St. Joseph Flyers 4-3 on Saturday.

“We lost a heartbreaker last night (4-3 in the bottom of the seventh) and today we win a one-run game,” said Green coach Dan McDavid.

“We’ve played in a lot of close games so we know how to play in those types of games.”

Green (3-3) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on just one hit.

Ben Vance, Tyler Darnell, Josh Karshner and Trevor Carver all walked to produce a run and Tyler Johnson had a two-out, two-run single to cap the rally.

St. Joseph (4-4) got a run back in the second when Chris Lewis reached on an error, Peyton Adkins walked, Jacob Clark was safe on an error to load the bases and a balk.

Green scored what proved to be the winning run in the third when Josh Clark doubld and pinch-hitter Dakota Martin singled him home.

The Flyers rallied for two runs in the sixth.

Adkins was safe on an error, Jacob Clark doubled and Chase Walters hit a sacrifice fly.

Zac McGraw walked and teamed with Clark to pull off a double steal as Clark scored.

Karshner pitched a four-hitter to get the win. He struck out five and walked three.

Clay Willis and Bradley Rist combined on a five-hitter for the Flyers. Willis fanned five and walked four. Rist struck out six and did not walk a batter.

The Flyers’ Daniel Davidson was the only multi-hit batter as he went 2-for-4.

St. Joseph hosts Raceland, Ky., on Monday.

St. Joseph 010 002 0 = 3 4 0

Green 301 000 x = 4 5 3

Clay Willis, Bradley Rist (2) and Tre Neal. Josh Karshner and Trevor Carver. W-Karshner (K-5, BB-3). L-Willis (IP-1.2, K-5, BB-4). Rist (IP-4.1, K-6, BB-0). Hitting—SJ: Daniel Davidson 2-4, Tre Neal 1-2, Jacob Clark 1-3 2B; Green: Ben Vance 1-3, Josh Clark 1-3 2B, Tyler Johnson 1-3 rbi-2, Dakota Martin 1-1, Derek Brown 1-1.