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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Taylor Made Ambulance splits zone contests

  • After opening the season with three tough losses in the annual Fat City Classic in Jonesboro, Coach Dustin McGee's Taylor Made Ambulance squad opened Zone 2 play with single games Monday and Tuesday, earning a split.

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  • After opening the season with three tough losses in the annual Fat City Classic in Jonesboro, Coach Dustin McGee's Taylor Made Ambulance squad opened Zone 2 play with single games Monday and Tuesday, earning a split.
    Southpaw Rowan Mason tossed a complete game three-hitter as Taylor Made knocked off Marked Tree in Jr. action 4-3.
    Taylor Made Ambulance opened the game with the first run hitters reaching and scoring in the top of the first inning and Mason made it hold up as he pitched out of a fifth inning bases loaded situation to preserve the lead.
    McCabe Cordell singled to lead off the game, Warren Smith reached on an error, Travis Thompson followed with a walk to load the bases and Hayden Schulz delivered a two-run double.  Reid Johnson came through with a two-run single for a 4-0 lead.
    Marked Tree trimmed the lead to 4-1 with a run in the home half of the third inning, but Mason stranded a runner at third base to get out of the inning.
    After working out of the bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fifth, Mason found himself in trouble again as Marked Tree went back to work in the sixth.  
    A lead-off double and two Newport errors allowed them to cut the lead to 4-3 before Taylor Made Ambulance again wiggled out of trouble.
    Johnson had two hits and two RBIs while Cordell added two hits to pace the Newport offense.  Schulz had a hit and drove in two while Tristan Sweatt added a basehit.
    Continuing zone play Newport took on Jonesboro Armor Seed Tuesday evening at Kell Park.
    The Newport defense, which had played very well less than 24 hours before in the victory over Marked Tree, committed eight errors as Armor Seed defeated Taylor Made Ambulance 11-1.
    Cordell took the loss on the mound as he allowed five runs - three earned - in five innings on four hits.  He struck out seven and walked six in the outing.  Trey Thornton allowed six runs on six hits in two innings of relief.  He fanned two and walked two in the outing.
    Taylor Made Ambulance allowed two unearned runs in the first and Jonesboro added two earned in the second for a 4-0 advantage before Newport answered.
    Reid Johnson singled to lead off the second inning and moved to second base on a Jonesboro error.  After a ground out moved Johnson to third base, Tyler Asher delivered a deep sacrifice fly to plate the runner and cut the lead to 4-1.
    An unearned run in the top of the third inning allowed Armor Seed to revive their four run advantage, 5-1.
    Jonesboro broke the game open with six runs over the final two frames for the final 11-1 margin.
    Page 2 of 2 - "We obviously didn't play well defensively, but offensively, we hit the ball hard but we hit the ball right at them most of the night," McGee said following the loss.
    "I told them about the fifth inning, 'for as bad as we've played, we're only down four runs (5-1)' but they (Jonesboro) just wore us down over the last couple of innings."
    Johnson, Thompson and Trey Thornton had the lone hits for Taylor Made Ambulance (1-4, 1-1).
    In the non-zone nightcap, Jonesboro rattled off 12 hits and took advantage of nine Newport walks and five more errors for a 16-2 victory.
    Armor Seed scored four in the first, three in the second, three more in the third and seven in the top of the fifth while Taylor Made Ambulance managed lone tallies in the third and fifth innings.
    In the third inning, Smith walked to lead off the inning, moved to second base on an error, stole third and home - on the back end of a double steal - as Jonesboro threw out Dalton Menley at second.
    In the home half of the fifth inning, Menley reached on a one-out single, moved to third base on consecutive wild pitches and scored on an RBI ground out by Sweatt.
    Johnson allowed four runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning to pick up the loss while Asher allowed six runs on five hits in 1.2 of an inning.  He walked four and struck out three.  Menley allowed seven runs on five hits and struck out four in two innings.
    Menley, Johnson and Dylan Bain each had a hit for Newport.
    In other action, Taylor Made dropped three games over the weekend in the Fat City Classic to open their season.  
    After falling to the hosts, Fat City, 17-0 in the tournament's opening round, Taylor Made Ambulance lost two heartbreakers, 8-7 to the Jonesboro Jackals and 9-7 to Paragould R.C.
    After traveling to Armorel Wednesday, June 6 for a zone contest, Taylor Made Ambulance will return home Friday, June 8 as they host Paragould in a Zone 2 doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.
     
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