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Cougars stumble in district tournament

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By Dwane Wilder

A week after Campbell County’s senior class posted their first ever baseball victory over league rival Clinton, those same seniors had their high school careers ended by the Dragons.

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Clinton defeated the Cougars 16-6 in a District 3-AAA Tournament elimination game Saturday afternoon at Knox Halls.

Aaron Chapman was tagged with the loss for the Cougars (12-24 overall). Marsh picked up the win for the Dragons (20-13 overall). Campbell County closed out the month of April with a 13-7 victory over Clinton at the Knoxville West Tournament.

Clinton jumped on the Cougars early with six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Trailing 6-0, 

Campbell County scored three times in the top of the second, but the Dragons continued to hit the ball. Clinton scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning, one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 13-4 lead.

The Cougars scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but Clinton added three in the bottom half of the inning to run rule Campbell County.

Freshman Zane Hall nearly hit for the cycle for the Dragons. He went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer, a double and a single.

Clinton advanced to play Powell on Monday in an elimination game.

Chapman, Tucker Cain and David Hickman went 3-for-4 each for the Cougars. Chapman and Hickman also had an RBI.

Bo Farris went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs for Campbell County. Landon Brackett had a pair of RBI.

The previous afternoon, Campbell County got off to a rough start with a 16-0 tournament opening loss to host Halls.

The Red Devils took a 14-0 lead during the first three innings of a game that was eventually called in the bottom of the fifth because of the 10-run rule.

Cain broke up a no-hitter by Halls pitcher Grant Painter with a double in the top of the fourth inning. David Hickman had the Cougars’ only other hit, a fifth inning single. Andy Hickman was tagged with the loss.