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Big Red quietly in midst of a roll

Big Red quietly in midst of a roll
South Fulton quietly has put together one of its best baseball starts in several seasons.
The Red Devils improved to 6-1 on the young 2011 campaign with a 7-2 victory at Clarksburg on Thursday.
SF’s only loss came to District 14A and Obion County rival Union City, but the Redmen also have beaten UC in an earlier meeting.
In other baseball teams involving local teams from Thursday, both Union City and Obion Central lost — the Tornadoes 10-8 to Henry County in the Huntingdon Diamond Classic and OC 9-8 at Covington.
Today’s slate has South Fulton playing at Fulton County, UC involved in further action in the Huntingdon tourney and Central playing in the McCracken County Classic.
The following is a roundup of Thursday’s games.
SF 7, Clarksburg 2
The Big Red jumped on top with a three-spot in the first inning and never looked back in winning at C’burg.
Harrison Hawks went 3-for-4 with a double and a run batted in to lead South Fulton’s eight-hit attack.
Josh Clement singled twice in four trips and drove in a run, while Kendall Greer doubled in a tally and Ryan Prince stroked a two-bagger. Kyle Clouse was good for a RBI hit.
Prince went the distance with 10 strikeouts and just six hits and two walks allowed to improve his pitching mark to 2-1.
The Devils played error-free defense behind Prince.
Henry Co. 10, UC 8
Three Tornado errors led to three unearned runs and proved to be the difference in the locals falling to 7-4.
A four-run fourth briefly lifted UC to a 6-5 lead before the Patriots responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.
Matthew Keathley and Brandon Griffin both homered for the Tornadoes, Griffin’s a two-run bomb.
Keathley reached base three times with two hits and a walk, and also had two RBIs. Drake Parker and Tyler Steward also drove in two runs for UC.
Griffin was saddled with the pitching loss before being chased with one out in the fifth. Cameron Powers relieved and finished up on the hill.
Covington 9, OC 8
The Rebels — who saw their four-game winning streak snapped — blew an 8-0 first-inning lead with host Covington pushing across both the tying and deciding runs in their final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh.
Central (4-4) sent 12 batters to the plate in the opening frame to jump out to a seemingly-safe big cushion.
Blake Walton capped the explosion with a three-run, bases-clearing double, while Dustin Smyth and Brady York both had a two-RBI singles.
The OC bats went silent after that first inning though, as Rebel batters fanned nine times and managed just two hits over the next six frames.
York, who relieved starter Trey Phipps in the fifth, was charged with the pitching loss after giving up three runs.
York was the only Obion Central player to have multiple hits, collecting two singles.
Camden Napper had a double for the Rebels.

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