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Baseball: Clinton 6, West Bladen 1

Jonathan Wright pitched a two-hitter Tuesday night in leading the Clinton Dark Horses to a 6-1 win over West Bladen in a Four County 1A/2A Conference baseball game.

Wright struck out six and walked two in pitching a complete game. The right-hander threw 65 strikes and 34 balls. He allowed a fifth inning triple to Colby McLean, who scored on an overthrow, and a hard-hit ground single to Jeremy Hunt in the seventh.

Trent West pitched the first five innings for West Bladen, giving up seven hits and four runs, three of the runs earned, with four walks and three hit batters. Mason Hester gave up a pair of runs in the sixth. Hunt pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

West Bladen is 6-4 overall and 3-2 in conference games. The Knights are scheduled to host East Columbus on Wednesday in a non-conference game and play at Midway on Friday in a Four County contest.

Clinton struck for a pair of runs in the second and third innings to open a 4-0 lead. A run-scoring single by Kris Royal plated the first run in the second, with the second run scoring on a wild pitch. In the third, three walks, a hit batter, and a RBI-single by Grant Naylor gave the Dark Horses a four-run advantage.

McLean led off West Bladen’s fifth inning with a blast in the gap to left-center for a triple. He scored when the relay throw to third sailed into the Knights’ dugout.

Correction contributed by Brenda Storms: Correction regarding WBHS JV baseball game: Trey Storms was not credited with loss. Trey Storms left the game with score tied 3-3, after five innings. There were two more lead changes before the final score of 10-5. Ian Sykes came in and pitched the 6th inning and WBHS JV Knights gave up two runs and score was then 5-3. The Knights tied up it up bottom of 6th and Caleb Sholar came in and pitched the 7th inning. Five runs were scored for a 10-5 final. apologizes for any errors made in the reporting of this game. Thank you Ms. Storms for bringing this to our attention.

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