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Cole Clinton + Carthage Edge Queen City, 2-1

KILGORE — Cole Clinton pitched six strong innings, limiting Queen City to two hits in Carthage’s 2-1 victory over Queen City in Saturday’s Oil Belt Classic matchup.

Clinton surrendered one first-inning run, but quickly recovered. The sophomore finished with six strikeouts, two walks, and one hit batter and retired seven of the final eight batters he faced. The other reached on a one-out error in the bottom of the sixth, but Clinton retired the next two batters to get out of the inning.

Overshadowed by the loss was Queen City pitcher Drew Davenport, who held Carthage (8-2) to two hits while striking out five, walking three, and hitting one batter.

Carthage scored both of its runs on sacrifice flies. Brody Colle’s second-inning sac fly tied the game 1-1. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh, which set the stage for Samuel Chhor’s go-ahead RBI sac fly to center field.

JayDon Day entered the game to pitch the bottom of the seventh and retired Queen City in order, striking out the final batter for a quick save.

Queen City’s Jay Hawley and Cody Henry had one hit apiece. Carthage’s Jared Twomey and Blake Bogenschutz each had a hit.

Queen City took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to Brian Hendrix’ walk and a wild pitch that plated him.

Carthage beat Kilgore 8-3 in Saturday’s night cap.


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