Tartars entered the “W” column with win over Bay Springs.
“We got that first dub under our belt,” said Coach Hillman after Thursday night’s 13-1 victory over Bay Springs. “Now maybe everything will start clicking for us.”
The Tartars hosted the Bulldogs in a game that was originally scheduled for Tuesday but got moved to Thursday due to weather and field conditions. Thought they have played well in recent outings, Taylorsville was still looking for their first mark in the win column.
The team came out hot from the very first inning, and they needed only four innings to put the ballgame away.
“I thought we swung the bat well,” said Coach Hillman. “And we have been lately. But tonight we just came out swinging, got ahead early, and we threw strikes.”
The Tartars racked up nine runs in the bottom of the first thanks to walks by Kason James and Raven Arrington, singles by Karson Evans and Ky Buckley, an error on a ball put in play by Layne Booth, and a double by Branson Sharpley.
Following the first inning, the sunset ushered in chili temperatures and cooled off the Tartars’ hot bats. It wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth that they were able to finish the job with three more runs and have the umpire call the game with a final score of 13-1.
Sharpley had the Midas Touch, going two for three at the plate with a whopping five RBIs to lead Taylorsville’s offense. Ty Keyes also went two for two with a double and a steal, crossing home plate twice for two runs of his own.
Kenner Todd threw his best game of the season to earn the win on the mound. Todd allowed just one hit and zero runs over three innings, striking out four and walking zero.
In the process of ending a nasty losing streak, the Tartars also earned a region victory, bringing them to 1-2 in region play with a rematch against the Bulldogs at Bay Springs on Friday night.
(Article written by Brad Crowe)