Cumby's Taylor takes command
From Staff Reports

April 1, 2004 -- CAMPBELL -- Cumby's Justin Taylor took command on the mound and at the plate Tuesday night as the Trojans routed Campbell, 24-1.

Taylor (4-1) tossed his first career no-hitter, striking out 10 in a game shortened to four innings because of the run-rule, and hit a grand slam over the right field fence in the Trojans' seven-run fourth inning. It was his second homerun in as many games.

"Taylor had great command of his curve, but had a little trouble spotting his fastball," said Cumby head coach Scott Mabe. "But he was able to throw his curve for a strike just about any time in the count."

Campbell's lone run came in the second inning when a batter who had walked scored during a rundown. Taylor walked three batters and hit one.

Every hitter in the Cumby batting order had at least one hit and one RBI, including Mika Robertson, who was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, and four runs scored, Brandon Brown, 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, Jake Petty and Steven Boss, who both had RBI doubles.

"We were able to put the ball in play up and down the lineup," Mabe said. "We scored 11 runs in the first inning, and added to it every inning but the second."

Cumby (9-2 overall, 5-0 in district), the No. 3-ranked team in Class 1A, has a big game with district rival Celeste (4-1 in district) at 4 p.m. Friday in Cumby.

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