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Blackcats win over Pope County, improve record to 7-6

Posted April 17, 2013 by Mike McGinnis in Sports
Goreville Blackcat Dayton Tripp prepares to deliver another strike in the top of the seventh to close out the game against Pope County Monday at home. Goreville defeated Pope County 7-5.

Goreville Blackcat Dayton Tripp prepares to deliver another strike in the top of the seventh to close out the game against Pope County Monday at home. Goreville defeated Pope County 7-5.

April 15 vs. Pope County

After a tough loss to Cobden last Saturday, the Goreville High School baseball squad returned to the win column with a 7-5 victory over visiting Pope County on Monday.  The win puts the Blackcats season record at 7-6.

The Pirates scored a run in the top of the first before Goreville answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Pope County closed the margin to 5-4 with two runs in the third and another in the fourth.  The Blackcats plated single runs in both the fifth and sixth frames, while Pope County scored its final run in the seventh inning.  Nathan Smith started on the mound and picked up the win.  Daniel Madden relieved him in the fifth and Dayton Tripp pitched the seventh inning.

Top hitters for Goreville: Gray 2-3 (RBI); Messmer 2-2; Smith 1-3 (RBI); Tripp 1-3 (RBI).

Goreville is scheduled to play at Carrier Mills this Wednesday (April 17); Thursday at Johnston City; next Monday at Marion.

The Blackcats return home on Tuesday to take on Zeigler-Royalton at 4:30.

April 8 vs. Gallatin County

On Monday of last week, the baseball Blackcats picked up a 4-3, come from behind win over Gallatin County, at Goreville.

The Hawks held a 2-0 lead after the third inning, then made it 3-0 with a run in the top of the fourth.

Goreville got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth, and the score stayed 3-1 until the Blackcats won the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Dayton Tripp pitched the complete game and also went 2-4 with an RBI.  Caleb Belcher led the way with three hits and three RBIs.

April 9 vs. Hamilton County

On the next day, Goreville notched a home win over Hamilton County, by the score of 4-3.  The Blackcats had a 2-0 lead at the end of the third inning.

Hamilton County tied it with two runs in the top of the fourth, then took a 3-2 lead with a run in the top of the fifth.  Goreville answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the final margin.

Nathan Smith started on the mound for Goreville.  He was relieved by Alex Andros, who picked up the win, in the fifth inning.

Top hitters for Goreville: Belcher-1-2 (HR, RBI); Messmer 2-3; Miles 2-3 (RBI); Tripp 1-3 (RBI).

April 10 at Benton

Goreville travelled to Benton on Wednesday, where the Blackcats defeated the Rangers 7-3.  The score was tied at 2-2 after the second inning.

Goreville plated a run in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead, then made it 6-2 with three more runs in the top of the fifth.  The Rangers tallied a run in the bottom of the fifth to get within 6-3, but the Blackcats shut them out the rest of the way and added another run in the top of the seventh to make the final score.

Shon Messmer picked up the complete game victory for Goreville on the mound.

Alex Andros 2-4 (RBI); Caleb Belcher 2-4 (2 RBI); Blake Gray 2-3 (RBI) were the top hitters for Goreville.

April 13 vs. Cobden

Last Saturday, the Blackcats lost to Cobden, 5-4, in a game played at Goreville.

Neither team was able to score until the Appleknockers tallied two runs in the top of the third inning.  They added a run in the top of the fourth before Goreville got on the board in the bottom of the frame.

Blake Gray led off the inning with a double to center field, then with one out stole third.  He scored when the Cobden catcher threw to first after a dropped third strike to Caleb Belcher.

The Appleknockers made it 5-1 with a pair of runs in the fifth, but Goreville answered with three runs in its half of the inning.  Noah Schuetz drew a lead-off walk and Nathan Smith got an infield hit.  Dayton Tripp drove in a run with a one out infield hit, then following a pop out by Blake Gray, Alex Andros delivered a single to center, driving in two runs to get the Blackcats within 5-4.

Goreville threatened in the bottom of the seventh when Shon Messmer doubled and Gray drew a two out walk, but the Blackcats were unable to capitalize.

Alex Andros started on the mound and took the loss.  Dayton Tripp pitched the final two innings in relief.  Goreville had seven hits with Andros 1-3 (2 RBI), Gray 2-3, and Tripp 1-4 (RBI) leading the way.