Pats hold off Bulldogs for middle school win

Henry County Patriot Brock Beddies (right) runs across second base while Inman shorstop Ashton Kemp watches a play being made in right field during a middle school baseball game played on Friday at McNeill Park. Henry County pulled out an 8-7 victory over Inman in that contest. The Patriots are now 9-1 while Inman is 6-5 this season.

Both the Inman Bulldogs and the Henry County Patriots came out slugging in a middle school baseball game played Friday at McNeill Park.

Inman struck for five first-inning runs before Henry County answered with six in the bottom of the opening frame. Henry County went on to pull out an 8-7 victory.

Henry County is now 9-1 on the season heading into today’s home game with Stewart County, which starts at 5 p.m. at McNeill Park. The Patriots play at West Carroll on Tuesday and host McKenzie on Thursday. Both those games start at 5 p.m.

Inman’s record dropped to 6-5 on the season. The Bulldogs play at Huntingdon on Tuesday starting at 4:30 p.m. Inman entertains Stewart County at 5 p.m. Thursday at McNeill Park.



Inman tied the game at 6-6 with a third-inning run before Henry County scored twice in the fourth stanza to go up 8-6. The Bulldogs picked up one run in the fifth to finish up the game’s scoring.

Evan Keatts led Henry County’s attack with three hits, including a double. Chase Cameron hit a triple and a single while driving in three runs. Colton Heaton drove in two runs with a hit.

Jeremiah Townsend pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and five walks. He had two strikeouts. Austin Gasper threw 2 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on one hit and three walks. He fanned two.

Inman got two hits from Turner McSwain, while Ashton Kemp ripped a triple. Both Martez Rack and Evan Flood smacked doubles. Flood knocked in two runs.

Logan Davidson pitched two innings for Inman, allowing one earned run on six hits and a walk. He had two strikeouts.

Kemp pitched three innings, allowing one hit and no earned runs. He had two strikeouts.

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