Redbirds shot down by hard-hitting Bobcats

Thursday, March 7, 2002

The Farmington Cardinals should remember John McCullough the next time the Bobcat baseball team shows up in their lot.

McCullough smacked two home runs against the Cardinals last Thursday, his second one a grand slam, leading the team to a 15-5 victory and a 2-1 season mark.

"John was the hero of the game," Coach Barry Hardin said with a smile. "We all hit well, but he was 2 of 4 at bat, with those two home runs."

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Winning was great, along with having his players get their bats on the ball, but Hardin had another category that caught his attention.

"Everybody did outstanding, but the stat I was most proud of was just one error," he said.

How good was the team's hitting?

"Five of our batters had .1000 percent on contact, and three got .750 percent," Hardin said.

Top hitters included Justin Pittman, 2/4; Henry Adams, 2/3; Heath Neal, 2/4; Drew Ray, 2/2; and Ryan Rylee, 2/2.

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Jerry Donahue started on the mound for the Bobcats and pitched the first three innings. He recorded 4 strikeouts and 1 walk, then gave way to McCullough, who went 1-2/3 innings with 3 strikeouts and 4 walks.

Pittman finished the final 1-1/3 innings with three strikeouts while facing just four batters. Heath Neal caught, filling in well for Ricky Dybas, who was still nursing a sore back.

"I held Ricky out so he would be ready for the games next week," Hardin said, then added, "Tommy Shaffer had two stolen bases. He's our courtesy runner and really has some wheels."

Shaffer was a wide receiver on the Bobcat football team, and is a sprinter for the track team.

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