Hampton shuts out South Greene, 10-0

Published 9:31 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Hampton Bulldogs got the bats working early and didn’t let up as they rolled to a 10-0 win in five innings at South Greene Wednesday.

“It is great to come out and get hits,” said Hampton head coach Matt Hardin. “We were able to get the hits we need with runners in scoring position.

“Our pitchers threw strikes, and we didn’t have a ton of walks,” Hardin added. “But there is still room for improvement. We have to keep working.”

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Hampton didn’t waste any time as the Bulldogs’ Lane Potter popped a double during the first at-bat of the game. Shortly after Potter would cross home plate off a RBI double from Hampton’s Wyatt Lyons, who scored off an error in the same frame. Hampton held a 2-0 edge after one.

In the bottom of the frame, the South Greene Rebels loaded up the bases but ended up with three runners stranded as Hampton pitcher Gavin Hardin retired back-to-back batters to close the inning.

The Bulldogs kept rolling in the second as they posted five more runs. Hampton’s Potter, Dru Owens, and Brett Deaton all had hits in the inning. The highlight of the frame came when Lyons blasted a 2-RBI triple to brings Hampton’s lead to 7-0.

Hampton posted one run in the fourth frame to jump up 8-0 when Potter scored his third run of the day. Due to his efforts as the leadoff hitter, Potter received one of the game balls Wednesday.

“Potter is our leadoff hitter, and he got on base like he supposed to today,” Hardin said.

The Bulldogs finished up their scoring with a bang as Deaton fired a 2-run homer out of left field to widen Hampton to a 10-0 edge heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Hampton had two pitchers take to the mound as Hardin worked the first three innings and Owens closed out the final two.

Hardin finished the day with just one hit against him as he struck out three batters and had one walk.

Owens ended up striking out five batters with two walks while having no hits against him.

At the plate, Lyons led the way going 2-of-3 with a triple and a double and 3 RBIs. Deaton also went 2-of-3 with 2 RBIs and a homerun. Potter was 2-of-4 with a RBI and a double, while Owen had a hit and a RBI.

Hampton will head over to Providence Academy on Friday.