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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Bulldogs upend Hounds in pitcher’s duel

  • After falling 19-3 in game one of the Battle for the Bone baseball series, the Tuckerman Bulldogs stormed Clay Curtner Field at George Kell Park Friday, April 13 living their own little nightmare.

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  • After falling 19-3 in game one of the Battle for the Bone baseball series, the Tuckerman Bulldogs stormed Clay Curtner Field at George Kell Park Friday, April 13 living their own little nightmare.
    Having suffered through a modest three-game losing streak after giving Coach Morgan Gilbert his record-setting 1,000th career victory, the Bulldogs, entering a key stretch of conference play, stepped out of conference action seeking a measure of pride against their county rivals.
    That is exactly what they got as they mustered only five hits offensively, did not record a strikeout on the mound, yet committed no errors defensively and took advantage of three physical Newport errors and several Greyhound mental errors to earn a 4-1 win.
    Zack McArthur earned the win on the mound as he went six-plus innings, scattering nine hits, allowing one run and walked two.  Cade Niswonger picked up the save as he worked a perfect seventh inning to get out of a jam.
    The Greyhounds, trailing 4-0 entering the seventh, had loaded the bases off of McArthur after a hit-batter and basehits by Kordre Taylor and Colton Willis.  Niswonger coaxed an infield popup, an RBI groundout by Reid Johnson and a fly ball to escape the jam and secure the win.
    Tuckerman broke the game open with a three-run sixth inning as the Hounds' committed two errors on Wil Hubbard's one-out grounder allowing the game's first two runs to score.  Rowan Mason drove home Hubbard with an RBI basehit for a 3-0 advantage.
    The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning as McArthur collected a two-out single, moved up to second base on a passed ball and scored on a single by Spencer Shannon and another error by the Hounds.
    Grant Black was the tough-luck loser for Newport as he allowed four runs - one earned - on five hits while striking out 10 and walking two.
    McArthur and Mason combined for four of the Bulldogs' five hits on the day as they each collected two.  Shannon also had a hit while Mason delivered an RBI.
    For Newport, Willis led the way with a 4-4 day while Taylor, Johnson, Gunnar Bullard, Hunter Bowen and Garrett Smith had a one hit a piece.
    The Hounds had scoring chances throughout the contest as they left 11 runners on base - eight in scoring position - and suffered through numerous baserunning mistakes in the loss.
    "I'm just really disappointed in the way we played today," Coach Mark Hindsley said following the contest.  "We won the Bone and we are happy about that, but not right now.  We have got to get better."
    By virtue of the tie-breaker - runs allowed - the Greyhounds retained the traveling trophy after winning it in 2011.

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