Bulldogs cut loose in fourth to dismiss UH

By Marvin Birchfield

   It wasn't until the fourth inning that Hampton unleashed its bats, and the Bulldogs hammered University High by scoring 11 runs to post a 12-2 victory on Tuesday afternoon.
   The Bulldogs trailed going into the bottom of the fourth, but an onslaught of hits forced the contest to become final after five frames of action.
   "I've been telling these kids all along that they would have a game like this," said Hampton coach Scott Bunton. "We've been hitting the ball in spots right at somebody."
   Hampton was the first team to strike, when a single by catcher Dustin Crumley drove in Robby England, giving the Bulldogs the early advantage.
   The Jr. Bucs responded by scoring two runs in their next attempt at-bat, and it appeared as if the Bulldogs might have bitten off more than they could chew.
   A hit coming from Drew Harrell tied the contest, when he drove home Morgan Woodacre, and a fielder's choice by Garrison Burton brought home the next run with Ryan Collins scoring.
   "There was a couple of good hits to jump out on top, and Daniel Smith pitched four really good innings for us, but when you make as many errors as we did, it takes you out of the game," said University High coach Joe Borden.
   The Bulldogs were not about to lay down at that point though, as they were just licking their chops and waiting for the opportunity to pounce.
   It was a Dawg mauling in the bottom of the fourth, when Hampton exploded to capture 11 runs off of nine hits.
   "We've had a lot of bad luck at hitting the ball at people, and I kept on telling them we'll have a game where they will fall, and this was it." said Bunton.
   Adam Miller was first up to bat to blast a triple, followed by another triple from Crumley to tie the score with Miller crossing the plate.
   Michael McCall ripped a hit to give the Bulldogs the lead by driving home Crumley.
   The bats continued to make contact, as sophomore Ben Harrison smacked a double into right center-field, which brought in McCall.
   "We came out today and played pretty good, and we did a better job at hitting," said Harrison.
   Hampton came away with an unbelieving nine out of 10 hits to start the frame, before the Jr. Bucs finally got an out.
   "We've been playing a little better lately, and we've been hitting it into people's gloves, but the last few games they have been going into the holes," said Harrison.
   The first ten hitters managed to get on base by the constant contact on the ball, along with some sloppy field play from University High.
   McCall crossed the plate with the last score, after a fielder's choice was hit by Eric Swain.
   The Jr. Bucs were unable to come back in the fifth frame, which put an end to the game with the mercy rule coming into effect.
   "When you combine hits with errors, which we made four of them in the fourth inning, you're not going to be able to hold them," said Borden.
   Miller was credited with the win for Hampton at the mound, while Daniel Smith receives the loss.
   "That's the first time our pitcher has thrown and not walked anybody, and I tell him when you don't put people on base and we have to watch them close, then we'll be OK," said Bunton.
   Josh Moss was 3-for-3 in batting, while Miller and Crumley both went 2-for-3.
   "We didn't make any errors, and I tell these kids when you make less than three errors, walk less than three people, score more than three runs, then you're going to win 95 percent of the time," said Bunton.
   Hampton 11
   Providence 2
   On Monday, the Hampton Bulldogs were successful twice against Providence Academy in a double-header, where they won the first game 11-2 and the second contest 8-6.
   Eric Swain improved his record to 2-2 at the mound in the first game, and Providence's Phillip Lindley was handed the loss.
   Dustin Crumley was 3-3 at the plate with a triple, three RBIs, and scored three runs.
   Hampton 8
   Providence 6
   Jacob Moss was the winning pitcher in the second contest, as he grabbed his first win on the season with a record of 1-0.
   Swain and Moss were both 2-for-3 at bat, and Ben Harrison connected on a double to drive in the last two winning runs, giving Hampton a complete sweep.