Barlow shutout pushes Tribe past Tigers
Just under 24 hours removed from seven innings of offense which saw two dozen runs on 28 hits combined between the two teams, it only took one run to decide the winner in the second game of the home-and-home between the Choctaws and Hardin County as Dyer County pitcher Cam Barlow scattered four hits in a shutout 1-0 win on Tuesday in Savannah.
Barlow also became the first Choctaw to pose an offensive threat on Tuesday, getting a two-out single in the top of the first before Hardin County ended the inning with a strikeout to keep the game scoreless.
Dyer County got another runner on in the second as Cayden Stafford led off the frame with a single but was picked off with one out later in the inning as the Tigers got out of the inning with the game still tied at 0-0.
After Barlow and the Choctaws worked around a two-out single, Dyer County looked to get on the board in the third inning. Fittingly, after Eli Walker drew a walk, Barlow singled him in to put the Choctaws up 1-0 after two and a half innings.
After an error and a walk in the top of the fourth, the Choctaws got another walk and looked to bust the game open. But, a groundout ended the two-out threat and kept Dyer County’s lead at 1-0.
Barlow continued to keep the Tiger hitters at bay, striking out the first two batters in the fourth before allowing a single. The senior then struck out the next batter to get out of the inning with a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers were able to get the leadoff batter on in the fifth by an error, but he was erased on a double play two batters later as the Choctaw kept their 1-0 lead.
Barlow repeated his fourth-inning performance in the sixth, striking out two then allowing a single before ringing up the final batter to send it into the seventh with a one-run lead.
Dyer County got a leadoff single from Jackson Hicks who was bunted over to second with a Walker sacrifice bunt. A Langdon Gordon groundout pushed him to third before Barlow was intentionally walked with two outs. The Choctaws were unable to push either across as a strikeout ended the threat with Dyer County still on top 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
After allowing a leadoff single, Barlow and the Choctaws got a sac bunt then a groundout, but these put the tying run 90 feet away. The senior pitcher, though, kept his calm as Barlow struck out the final batter on four pitches to secure the win.
Barlow struckout 10 during the four-hit shutout and was also 2-for-3 at the plate with two singles and an RBI.
The Choctaws return to the field on Friday when they host Lexington for the start of a weekend home-and-home non-district series with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. in Newbern.