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LEGION BASEBALL | Jacksonville beats Sylvan Hills twice

The Gwatney Chevrolet Junior American Legion teams picked up a pair of wins this week against the rival Sylvan Hills Bruins, 11-1 and 13-4.

Brandon Hickingbotham went the distance for the win the first mercy-rule shortened game, while Tyson Flowers and Dillon Morse combined for the win in the second game.

Hickingbotham gave up just two hits over four innings, while striking out six and walking three.

Jacksonville jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in game one. Caleb McMunn doubled, then scored on a single by Colton Goodman. Goodman later scored on a hit by Hickingbotham, while Tyler Montgomery would walk and score from third when a throw was made to second on a steal.

Sylvan Hills’ lone run came in the third inning when Marvin Butler lined a single to right, then stole second and third. Tucker Price worked a walk, then drew a throw to second on a delayed steal, allowing Tucker to easily take home.

After putting up three runs in the middle two innings, the Chevy Boys scored four in the bottom of the fourth to win by the run-rule.

Hickingbotham and Javan Wakefield hit singles, followed by Caden Sample being hit by a pitch and Flowers drawing a walk. McMunn singled in Wakefield, followed by Goodman driving in the final two runs to end the game.

Sylvan Hills looked like they were coming back strong in the second game with three runs in the top of the first inning. Connor Beeching singled and later scored on a hit by Christian Hendrickson. Butler was hit by a pitch and scored on an error. Hendrickson scored from third on a balk.

Those good times didn’t last long however, as Jacksonville bounced back with six runs in their half of the inning. The Bruins’ pitchers had problems finding the zone throughout the game, with seven walks and three hit batters in the first two innings. Errors also cost the Bruins, with five in the game, including two in the final inning that led to three runs.

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