Hampton victimized by Central no-hitter

By Wes Holtsclaw

   After a no-hitter in the field beside them, Sullivan Central's Shane Jobe decided to throw a solid game himself.
   Backed behind a tough defense, Jobe tossed six strikeouts and kept the Hampton Bulldogs hitless for his Cougars as they took a 16-2 victory in five innings at Hampton Monday.
   "We walked four and hit two early," said Hampton coach Scotty Bunton. "They have a good pitcher (Jobe). He's the best they've got and one of the best in the conference."
   "If you don't hit the ball, you don't score," he said. "We got our heads down early and they pounded us."
   Hampton held Central scoreless in the first inning and gathered the first run of the contest after Eric Swain walked and stole his way around the bases.
   A wild pitch helped Swain cross the plate to give Hampton a 1-0 lead. It would be the last time they would see the scoreboard in their favor.
   Led by Jobe and Seth Hyder, the Cougars scored seven runs in the second and third inning.
   Twelve orange and black batters used walks and defensive mistakes to gain eight runs in the fourth inning to put the contest out of reach with a 16-1 advantage.
   The Bulldogs got back on the scoreboard in the fifth inning, when Dustin Crumley walked and made his way around for a wild pitch to send him across the plate.
   Hampton's efforts wouldn't be enough in the contest, as Central did everything right in their outing.
   Jobe batted two for three with a single and a home run, driving in two runs and scoring three times. Seth Hyder went four of four with two ribbies and a pair of runs for the Cougars.
   Adam Miller took the loss for the Bulldogs.
   Friday's Game
   Hampton 10
   University High 5
   The Bulldogs faired much better on Friday when they traveled to Johnson City.
   Backed behind solid pitching from freshman Brandon Barnett, Hampton overwhelmed University High with a 10-5 victory.
   "He threw strikes and when you get that kind of effort out of a freshman, it's good," Bunton said. "He will see a lot more time on the mound in the future."
   Michael McCall and Josh Moss led Hampton behind the plate. McCall batted two for two, while Moss used a sacrifice fly and a double to knock in two runs.
   Drew Harrell led the Junior Bucs with a triple in his three for four afternoon. Morgan Woodacre took the loss for University High, while Josh Moss earned the save for Hampton.