|Broken Bow shuts out Hurricanes|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
July 6, 2004 -- The Hopkins County Wildcats could not figure out Broken Bow pitcher Hunter Neal.
Neal worked three strong innings, recording eight strikeouts and one hit, to seal a 2-0 victory for the All-Stars in the nine-year-old Dixie League District 5 championship game Saturday afternoon at Coleman Park.
Jay Werner picked up the save in relief of Neal going two innings with six strikeouts and two walks in the contest.
Wildcats pitcher Garrett Vickery took the loss on the mound going four innings with four strikeouts and one hit. He also walked two batters in the game.
Both of Broken Bow's runs were unearned as Werner scored the first run for the All-Stars on a wild pitch in the second inning, then Tyler McKinney scored from third on a throwing error on an pickoff attempt for the 2-0 final score.
Hopkins County's lone hit came off the bat of Rowdy Sachs when he smacked a single off of Neal in the bottom of the third with no outs. The Wildcats left him stranded as Neal struckout the next three batters to end the inning. Sachs went 1-for-2 in the game.
Broken Bow's defense only had to deal with one fly ball out in the game as Hayden Sickles popped out to first on Hopkins County first at bat.
The Wildcats had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the fourth inning after Brad Macek walked, stole second and made it to third on a wild pitch, and Vickery also walked and swiped second base, but Werner recorded another strikeout to get out of the jam without any damage.
Broken Bow's Quinton Maness attempted to steal home in the bottom of the fifth inning, but was tagged out by catcher Hunter Jordan for their final out.
McKinney and Werner went 1-for-2 with a run scored at the plate respectively for Broken Bow.
The Wildcats left three runners on base compared to two for the All-Stars in the game.
This was the final game of the season for Hopkins County while Broken Bow travels to Paris for a tournament in two weeks.