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Middle School Baseball: Trojans blank Generals in rain-shortened game

March 22, 2017 GMT

Although rain suspended and eventually ended the game in the fifth inning, the Gordon Lee Middle School Trojans continued to pour it on, shutting out the Heritage Generals, 8-0.

Most of the damage was done in the third as the Trojans jumped all over the home team by scoring three runs. Three walks and solid base hitting capped a dominant pair of innings, which began in the second when Cody Thomas ignited the Trojans and took a walk.

“It was probably four or five hitters down before they even received their first out of the inning,” Trojans head coach Jeff Guffey said. “That was a big inning. Third inning was key though—base on balls and singles advanced all the runners around, so it was a pretty productive third inning for sure.”

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The Trojans (3-1 overall), who are now 3-0 in NGAC league play, indeed took advantage of wild pitches and situational baseball, but starting pitcher Jake Poindexter kept Heritage at bay, giving up just one hit and three walks, while tossing five strikeouts in the shutout.

Guffey said he was impressed by Poindexter’s overall pitching performance. However, he said that his starter just didn’t wake up out of bed and begin pitching on Tuesday.

“Jake has put in a lot of work,” Guffey said. “I’m proud of him going five innings or so, but we normally keep our pitchers on a very short leash when it comes to pitch counts. He was dialed in. Midway through the second or third inning, his pitch count was low. He was feeling great and he wanted it, so we kept him in. I’m very proud of him.”

Brody Cobb went 2-for-3. Jacob Neal was a perfect 3-for-3 with three singles, while Grayson Smith and Tanner Wilson were each 1-for-3. Cade Paterson added a key double in the fourth inning and the Trojans put the ball in play eight total times.

Tyler Ingram had the lone hit for Heritage.

Next up, Gordon Lee will face Rossville on Wednesday before taking on Chattanooga Valley Thursday in Flintstone.

Tuesday marked the first loss of the season for Heritage, who will play at Ringgold on Thursday.