After getting off to a rocky start, the Campbell County High School baseball team won consecutive home games last week against the Knoxville Ambassadors and Oneida.
The Cougars (0-1 district, 2-1 overall) opened the season on March 16 at Clinton, where they fell 13-9 to the Dragons.
With two runners on base in the top of the first inning, senior first baseman Andrew Dykes belted a home run to left field for a 3-0 Campbell County lead. The Cougars gave up a run in the bottom of the first inning and held the Dragons scoreless in the second.
Then disaster struck.
Clinton took advantage of half a dozen Campbell County errors in the bottom of the third inning to put 10 runs on the board and take an insurmountable lead, 11-3.
Neither team scored again until the top of the sixth, when Cody Willoughby drove in a run. The Dragons scored twice in the bottom half of the inning.
Andy Hickman, Kelly McKamey and David Hickman scored on bases-loaded walks by Donovan Long and Bo Farris. Lance Webber drove in another run with a walk, but the Cougars could get no closer.
Campbell County bounced back from the defeat with a 9-4 St. Patrick’s Day victory over the Knoxville Ambassadors. Andy Hickman went the distance to earn the decision. He scattered half a dozen hits and struck out five batters along the way.
Hickman also got a lot of help from his defense, including a couple of highlight reel catches by left fielder Stephen Alley and a spectacular putout by second baseman Chris Hutson in which he snagged a ground ball and then threw out a runner at first base while on one knee.
The Cougars gave up four runs in the top of the first inning before scoring nine unanswered to take the win.
Designated hitter Lee Sharp went 3-for-3 with a double, single and an RBI.
McKamey had a triple and double, followed by Webber with a double; Hutson with 2 RBI; and David Hickman, Andy Hickman and Willoughby with 1 RBI each.
Andy Hickman had a double.
Campbell County left little to chance during Friday’s game against Oneida. The Cougars ran out to a 16-2 lead in the first three innings and ended up winning by a final count of 17-4.
Everyone on the team contributed in some way to the victory.
David Hickman was credited with the win. He went three innings, gave up a pair of hits and struck out five batters. Alley pitched in relief.
Dykes went 3-for-3 with a triple, double, single and 6 RBI; followed by Farris, 2-for-2 with 4 RBI; David Hickman, 2-for-4 with 2 RBI; Willoughby, 2-for-3; Hutson 2 RBI; Alley, 1-for-3 with an RBI; Long, 1-for-2 with 2 RBI; Landon Brackett with an RBI; Ray Myers and Aaron Chapman, 1-for-1 each with a base hit.
Willoughby, Hutson, Webber, Dykes, David Hickman, McKamey, Sharp, Farris, Alley and Myers all scored runs for the Cougars.
The Indians scored two of their runs in the top of the third inning when Tyler Bankston got a base hit and Cole West scored on a throwing error. They got another one in the fourth inning when Corey Lay came home on a throwing error.