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Trinity outlasts Hundred 9-5

By Staff | Apr 17, 2019

By BRUCE CRAWFORD

Staff Writer

The Trinity Christian Warriors scored seven late runs to help defeat the Hundred Hornets, 9-5, in high school baseball action in Morgantown on April 10

The Hornets took a 4-1 lead after three-and-one-half innings of play, but the Warriors answered with a four-run fourth to take the lead for the first time.

The never-say-die Hundred Hornets tied it up in the top of the fifth, but Trinity took the lead back for good with a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth – with the help of some costly Hornet errors – to get the 9-5 hard-fought victory.

Logan Norris took the loss; he struck out four and walked two, while Christian Fluharty and Hunter Tustin combined for five strikeouts and three walks in two innings of work.

Fluharty paced the nine-hit Hornet attack with a triple and three singles, while Tustin added a double, and Bryce Bartrug a RBI single.

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Hornets Christen Field of Dreams

The much-anticipated inaugural Hornets’ Field Of Dreams was christened in a big way as the Hornets over came a shaky start to double-up Beallsville, 8-4, on April 9 in Hundred.

The Blue Devils opened the game with a stand-up double, and the first-game- jitters of the monumental game showed briefly, as the young Hornets made back-to-back fielding errors that resulted in a 1-0 Beallsville lead.

Hundred’s lead-off batter Christian Fluharty drilled one into the right-field gap that scooted past the Blue Devil outfielder for a stand-up triple. However, the Beallsville pitcher struck out two straight and induced a routine 1-3 groundout to end the first without any damage.

The Blue Devils scored three times in the second stanza on a walk, fielder’s choice, a hit, and three more errors to extend their lead to 4-1.

The Hornets tallied two more times when Hunter Tustin opened with a single, followed with a run-scoring double by Dylan Walton, and run-scoring single by Brandon Rine.

From this point on, the Hundred defense didn’t commit any errors, and the Hornets’ starting pitcher Bryce Bartrug kept the Blue Devils in check up to the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, the Hornet crowd willed their Hornets on, and they responded with three runs in the home-half of the fourth when Robert Hostutler walked and went to third on another Fluharty double. Gauge Boston then walked to load the bases, and Tustin followed with a two-out two-RBI single that gave the hosts a 5-4 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Hornets added an insurance run as Travis McCoy was HBP for the second straight time, with Marlin Hippensteel replacing McCoy as a courtesy runner for the catcher. Hostutler walked for the second straight time, and Fluharty singled in a hustling Hippensteel.

Fluharty replaced Bartrug on the mound and set them down, one-two-three, via strikeouts in the top of the sixth, while the hosts added two more insurance runs in the bottom half, when Boston opened with a single.

Bartrug then hit into a fielder’s choice and raced to third on a Tustin single.He stole second with both Walton and Rine each bringing in a run with singles that doubled-up Beallsville, 8-4.

Fluharty struck out the first two batters and put the game away with a comebacker for the final out to give Hundred the much-deserved victory.

Bartrug got the win from the mound. He struck out five and walked two, while Fluharty got the save and struck out five of the six batters he faced. Fluharty was stellar at the plate as well. He tripled and doubled twice, while knocking in two runs.

In addition, Tustin added three singles, plating two. Walton doubled and singled twice. Rine singled twice, while Hippensteel stole a base and scored.