Yantis drops district contest to Martins Mill; Miller Grove falls to ETCA in non-district contest

From Staff Reports

Mar. 26, 2007 - Yantis and Miller Grove were both on the short end of the scoreboard on Friday, and both District 19-A teams will be back in action again this week.

Martins Mill 14, Yantis 0

YANTIS - Yantis managed only three hits and gave up just five, but the Owls' game against Martins Mill was no pitchers' duel.

That's because Yantis pitchers walked 12 Mustangs and gave up 10 runs in the fourth inning falling 14-0 in a District 19-A contest on Friday. The Owls only had one error.

Zach Wester had two hits and Michael Hogg added one for Yantis.

"We just ran out of pitching. Sore arms and injuries finally got to us. But we did not generate any offense whatsoever," said Yantis coach Larry Tucker. "Martins Mill is a good fundamental team with good pitching. They were impressive and should finish in one of the playoff spots. We are off until Friday, so maybe we can get healthy."

The Owls are 1-1 in district and play again Friday when they host Fruitvale at 4:30 p.m.

ETCA 11, Miller Grove 10

MILLER GROVE - Miller Grove had enough offense on Friday to beat East Texas Christian Academy, but the Hornets' defense let them down in the non-district contest.

ETCA put up five runs n the fourth after the inning was extended by a passed ball on a third strike with two outs. Then, with the game tied at 10-10 in the eighth inning, ETCA scored without benefit of a hit. With one out, an ETCA batter walked, went to second on an errant pick-off throw, took third on a passed ball and scored with two outs on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the inning, the Hornets had two runners in scoring position, but had one picked off to end the game.

Brady Harmon was the hard-luck loser, giving up just the one unearned run in three innings. He struck out five and allowed one hit. He also went 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI.

Yan Heijligers also had three hits and two RBI, while Steven Mayfield had two hits and three RBI and Dakota Hrabal had a single, double, two RBI and scored three times.

Zach Crispen and Jordan Lennon each had a hit and knocked in a run.

The Hornets' next game is at home at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against Fruitvale.

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