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Tindle goes the distance in Hornets 4-3 win


Brock Tindle fires a pitch during Hancock County’s 4-3 win over Henderson County at Vastwood Park Tuesday. The senior hurler pitched a complete game.

Brock Tindle pitched a complete game and the Hornets defeated Henderson County 4-3 at Vastwood Park’s Tommy Keown Field Tuesday.
“Brock comes out everyday and competes and we saw that tonight. He commanded all game,” HCHS coach Brad Keown said.

The Colonels plated a run in the first inning before Hancock County answered with a run in the second. Louden Fluharty got the Hornet offense going with a double and Tindle followed with a base hit. Fluharty later stole home and the score remained tied at 1-1 until the fifth.

Kolby Keown drew a walk then advanced to second base on a catcher’s error. Keown moved to third on a wild pitch and Jacob Shultz walked and stole second. Dec Lewko was intentionally walked to load the bases and up came Jack Roberts.

Roberts delivered a deep fly ball that enabled Keown to tag up and score.

With the Hornets now leading 2-1 with runners at the corners, Jordan Payne smacked a 2-out base hit that brought home Shultz. Carson Clark followed with a ground ball and the Colonels threw the ball away. Lewko scored on the play and the Hornets led 4-1.

“We got a couple of runners on base and put some pressure on them. The tail end of our line up did what they needed to do then Jack delivered on a hard shot to center. Jordan was struggling at the plate tonight then he smacked one up the middle and showed why he’s leading the team in batting average,” the coach said.

Henderson County fought back and plated two runs in the sixth. The Colonels were aided by two Hornet errors, but Tindle battled and got the final two batters out on strikes. Tindle finished off the game with a big strike out in the seventh and the Hornet celebrated the

Tindle got the win while allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits, with seven Ks and two walks over seven complete innings.

“We had Brock down to the wire on pitch count, but he never let down from the first to the last inning. That’s the best part about him. You couldn’t see that he was ever getting tired and that’s what senior leadership looks like,” Keown said.

Clayton Brown took the loss on the mound for Henderson County. The Hornets had just three hits, but they were timely and they ran the bases aggressively.

Payne was 1 for 3 with one RBI, Fluharty was 1 for 3 with a double, and Tindle was 1 for 3. Clark and Roberts had one RBI each while Lewko, Keown and Shultz all scored one run each. Fluharty, Shultz,

Clark and Lane Dixon all stole one base each.

By Steve Wimmer

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