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Cougars take doubleheader from Clinton

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School’s varsity baseball team improved to 2-1 in summer league play with a doubleheader sweep Friday night of visiting Clinton.

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The Cougars won the first game, 9-7, on Billy Tindle’s 3-run, walk-off single.

Lefthander Justin Willoughby went the distance to earn the victory. He threw 119 total pitches and struck out 10 batters in five innings.

Campbell County scored the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning. The Dragons rallied for a 2-2 tie in the top of the second and took a 4-2 lead in the top of the third.

The Cougars came back to take the lead, 5-4, on Willoughby’s RBI single and Stephen Alley’s 2-run triple in the bottom of the third inning.

Clinton regained the upper hand, 7-5, in the top of the fourth, but not for long. Alley drew a bases-loaded walk to score a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tindle knocked in Alley and two other runners with a timely base hit during the next at-bat.

In the nightcap, Campbell County came back from a five run deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning to win by a nearly identical score, 9-8.

Tindle got the starting nod for the Cougars and went 3 1/3 innings before being relieved by Aaron Chapman, who pitched the last 1 2/3 innings.

Just like Tindle had done in the first game, Kelley McKamey drilled a walk-off, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the fifth to drive in three runs for the victory.

Dykes went 1-for-1 at the plate with a triple and 2 runs scored. Catcher Cody Willoughby was 1-or-3 with a double and a run scored. Chris Hutson was 1-for-3 with a run scored, followed by Tindle, 1-or-2; Lance Webber, a walk and a run scored; Justin Willoughby, two walks, reached on an error and three runs scored; and Alley, run scored.

Clinton scored two runs in the first inning, three in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth.

The Cougars scored only three runs through the first four innings, but generated half a dozen runs in the fifth to take the win.

Earlier last week, Campbell County lost an 8-5 decision at Hardin Valley.