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Hornets pick up two league wins

By TODD REED News Leader Sports Editor Published: April 27, 2017 12:00 AM
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Malvern secured its first league win during a high-scoring affair with visiting Newcomerstown.

The Hornets pounded out 13 hits and rallied with six runs in their final two at bats to beat the Trojans 13-10.

"We faced adversity against Newcomerstown," commented Head Coach Matt Chiurco. "We fell behind early, but we just got big hit after big hit."

Hunter Mullins paced the way for the winners with three singles and five RBIs.

Drew Hutchison had four hits, including two doubles, and five runs scored; and Jaret Majestic singled, doubled and cross the plate four times.

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Majestic earned the win on the mound, recording 11 strikeouts. Gavyn Potts came on in relief to pitch a scoreless seventh inning.

Ridgewood 5

Malvern 3

Earlier in the week, the Hornets dropped a league game to the Generals.

The highlight of the game came in the bottom of the seventh. With Malvern trailing 5-0 and two runners on base, Majestic came through in the clutch as he went deep, cutting the lead to two.

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"I was happy with the way we played against Ridgewood, but we just could never get a big hit when we needed it early on," noted Coach Chiurco. "It was great to see Jaret get his first ever home run. In his last four games, he has made just one out at the plate. He is so locked in right now."

Malvern 10

Tusky Central 8

Seven players collected at least one hit for the Hornets during a league win over the Saints.

Majestic went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and five stolen bases.

Jake Foster had two hits, two stolen bases, and two RBIs; Drew Hutchison singled, drove in two, scored twice and swiped four bases; and Austin Patterson had a base hit and two RBIs.

Meyer pitched the first three and 2/3 innings, giving up eight earned run on six hits and four walks. Potts earned the win in relief, allowing no runs on five hits in three and 1/3 innings.

"This win was probably the best win we've had in the last three years," stated Coach Chiurco. The Saints are a good team and after falling behind 7-1 early on, it didn't look good. We had a quick talk after the top of the third and after that we really just took off.

"I was so proud of the guys and its definitely nice to start building some momentum heading towards the later part of the season."

Sandy Valley 15

Malvern 0

The Hornets had just three hits in a game shortened to five innings. Recording base hits were Hutchison, Meyer and Jaden Goldsworthy.

Malvern (4-7, 2-6) will host Garaway this Friday, April 28; and travel to Hiland on Tuesday, May 2; and to Strasburg on Wednesday, May 3.

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