After losing previously to the Ooltewah Cardinals, the Cleveland A’s were looking for a little revenge. They got it Wednesday night at the Hixson High School baseball field.
After the dust settled the final score was 16-4 in favor of the A’s.
The story of this game was the offense. “We came out swinging and never looked back,” said A’s coach Billy Massingale.”
B.J. Hogan started the scoring in the first inning with a two-out blast over the center-field fence. “That woke our dugout up. In the second inning we erupted for nine runs,” said Massingale.
The inning started rough with the first three batters getting hit by pitches. The next batter, Kody Hensley, doubled off the left field fence, just missing a grand slam. After a walk to Matt Ghirst the A’s got four straight hits from Landon Gray, Jon Robinson, Hogan and Dusty Murray. The A’s tacked on two more runs in the third inning. In the fourth, the team added four more runs off five hits in a row by Will Ellis, Dalton Montgomery, Kody Hensley, Matt Ghirst and Gray.
“When the hardest part of being the coach is picking the player of the game its a good game,” said a pleased Massingale. “Our player of the game is B.J. Hogan, who finished 4-for-4 with a home run, double, two singles and five RBIs. Our pitching was strong too, with Landon Gray getting the start and not allowing any runs. Ryan Linden pitched well but to the Cardinals’ credit they still had some life and fight in them, scoring four in the last inning off some timely hitting. Overall it was a great day of baseball. Now we have to set our sights on the Chattanooga Bombers who are a tough team.
The A’s square off against the Bombers Sunday in Middle Valley at 1 p.m.