Choctaws win streak at six after sweep of Liberty

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Above, Dyer County’s Cam Barlow eyes a Liberty offering he ended up doubling to left during the Choctaws’ sweep of the Crusaders on Monday in Newbern; below, Choctaw Dallas Parker slides safely into third base.
State Gazette photos/Jason Peevyhouse

JASON PEEVYHOUSE

jpeevyhouse@stategazette.com

Coming off a second win over Lexington over the weekend in Henderson County, the Choctaws picked up two more victories on Monday afternoon, welcoming Liberty to District 13AAA with a pair of lopsided Dyer County wins in Newbern.

The Choctaws got a six-run second on the way to an 11-0 win in the opening game of the doubleheader before taking a 15-0 win in Game 2 to close out the two-game sweep.

The wins improve Dyer County to 10-5 (4-0 in 13AAA).

Dyer County 11, Liberty 0

The Choctaws got a six-run frame in the second inning to break open the game before putting the Crusaders away with a four-run fourth en route to the mercy-rule win.

Dyer County got on the board in the bottom of the first with an RBI double from Langdon Gordon to take a 1-0 lead after one inning.

The Choctaws added to their lead in a big way the following inning. A Dallas Parker single and a Kaleb Hall walk were followed by a two-run triple by Eli Walker. Two batters later, Cam Barlow doubled in two more then Tanner Holcomb plated a run with a single before scoring later in the inning on a passed ball to put Dyer County on top 7-0 after two innings.

Dyer County added more to its lead in the bottom of the fourth. An RBI single from Cayden Stafford was followed by a one-run double from Landon Hooper to put the Choctaws up nine. Hooper’s pinch runner, Taylor Sipes, scored on a passed ball later in the inning before a Gunner Carmack single plated another run to put Dyer County on top 11-0 after four innings.

In the top of the fifth, Carmack and the Choctaw defense retired the Crusaders in order to secure the win.

Ryan White picked up the win on the mound, allowing no runs on two hits with nine strikeouts.

Walker led the way at the plate, getting a triple and a single with two RBI while Gordon had a single and a double with one RBI. Parker added a pair of singles as well.

Dyer County 15, Liberty 0

With Dyer County playing as the visiting team, Choctaw pitchers Sipes, Hooper and Walker combined to hold Liberty to two hits in a five-inning shutout.

After an RBI single from Zach Epperson in the top of the first to put DC up 1-0, Dyer County added four more runs in the second. JD McCord reached on an error to plate a run then scored on a passed ball. Walker got his second triple of the day to push the lead to four before Parker drove him in with a single to put Dyer County on top 5-0 after an inning and a half.

Two innings later, the Choctaws picked up six more in the top of the fourth. A two-run double by Parker was followed by RBI singles from Epperson, Hooper, John Floyd and McCord to put Dyer County on top 11-0 after the top of the fourth.

The following inning, Dyer County tacked on a quartet of runs to extend its lead. A two-run double from Epperson was followed by a two-run single from Gordon to put Dyer County up 15-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

In the final half inning, Walker struck out the side to seal the win for the Choctaws.

Parker was 4-for-4 in the second game with two singles and two doubles while Epperson went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double.

Dyer County returns to action on Thursday when the Choctaws welcome Briarcrest to Newbern. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

Dyer County 10, Lexington 0

The Choctaws got a very strong outing from Holcomb, who held the Tigers to just three hits as his offense scored nine runs down the stretch on the way to the win.

The Choctaws scored early but didn’t get on the board again until the top of the fifth with a sacrifice fly from Gordon to make it 2-0.

Dyer County, though, gave Holcomb and the defense a little more breathing room in the next two innings, scoring three in the sixth then five in the seventh on the way to the win.

During the three-hit shutout, Holcomb struck out nine and also led the Choctaws at the plate where he went 2-for-2 with two singles and drove in two runs in the win.

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