By Will Johnson
HEMPSTEAD – The Crockett Bulldogs hit the road on Tuesday afternoon and travelled to Hempstead for a game against the Bobcats. With only three returning starters from last year’s team, the Bulldogs have had a rough go of it so far this year and the game against the Bobcats didn’t do anything to change the season’s trajectory as Crockett fell to Hempstead by a score of 9-1.
The Bulldogs led off the top of the first and after five pitches from Hempstead’s Ty Chernosky, Crockett was saddled with two outs. Jordan Bedford was up next and reached on an error but was stranded at first when Willie Revels struck out to end the inning.
Revels was on the bump for the Bulldogs and just like his pitching counterpart from Hempstead, he recorded two quick outs. A double from Bobcat Amin Trujillo went for naught as the next batter – Levi Finch – flew out to Garrett Reeves in center.
Chernosky and Revels both worked 1-2-3 second innings and appeared to be locked up in a pitchers’ duel.
The game changed in the third inning, however. After Revels led off with a fly ball out to left, D. Bedford drew a walk off of Chernosky. A passed ball moved him to second and following a Reeves’ pop-up for the second out, Bedford came around to score when a line shot from Jalyne Carruthers was booted by the Hempstead infield.
Chernosky settled down after the error and despite Carruthers moving to third on back-to-back steals, he caught J. Bedford looking at a third strike to end the inning.
After that, it was all Hempstead as the Bobcats scored three in the bottom of the third inning, added four more in the fourth and then closed out the run production in the fifth with two more.
Chernosky picked up the win for Hempstead with seven innings of work. He gave up one unearned run on one hit, struck out eight and walked two.
Revels took the loss in 4.1 innings on the mound. He gave up nine runs (four earned) on nine hits to go along with four strikeouts and walks.
Jack Meadows pitched 1.2 innings in relief and gave up one hit. He struck out one and walked two.
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