'Dogs slip by Huskies

from staff reports

   A nine-hit attack, combined with the solid pitching of sophomore Adam Miller, sent Hampton to a 5-4 victory over North Greene in high school baseball action on the Bulldog diamond Wednesday afternoon.
   "I'm pretty pleased with them," Hampton coach Scotty Bunton said of his Bulldogs. "We were still a little shaky on defense -- of course, we're awful young. What helped us is that none of their walks scored, which is really rare. We did well keeping the walks from scoring."
   Miller (1-0) issued three walks in the third, but was able to work himself out of trouble. Altogether, he scattered six hits, had five base on balls and struck out seven.
   "Adam was a little shaky there in the third, but he settled down and did real well," Bunton said. "It was a little cold, but he seemed to pitch through it."
   Hampton, which watched an early 3-1 lead turn into a 4-3 Huskies' advantage, got the big hits it needed in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Deskins followed up a Kevin Harrison double with a two-bagger of his own -- scoring Harrison -- then Robby England's single scored Deskins for the game-winning run.
   Showing improvement on putting the ball in play, Hampton got two hits apiece from Josh Moss, Harrison and England while striking out just three times against North Greene ace Dustin Collins.
   "We made them play the ball, which was good," Bunton said.
   Deskins had two runs and a pair of RBIS.
   Now 3-3 on the season, the 'Dogs play today at Happy Valley, then host Mitchell County on Friday.