Hornets eliminated

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 22, 2004

A trio of errors in the top of the eighth inning doomed Dallas County as the Monroe County Tigers ended the Hornets’ season with a 4-1 victory in extra innings Wednesday.

The Hornets moved the winning run to third base in the bottom of the seventh with one out. But they stranded him there.

Then, in extra innings, the Hornets’ fielders allowed three runs to score effectively ending the playoff game and the Hornets’ season.

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The Hornets did bounce back, but the hole was too deep.

Chase Knight drove a ball to the fence in right field in the bottom of the eighth but the fielder snagged the ball and brought it back to the playing field.

Clint Cooper smashed a one-out triple but a pair of pop-ups ended the game.

Until the eighth, the game had been a pitcher’s duel.

Both starters went the distance.

Dallas County’s Justin Hollis allowed five hits and struck out 10. Only two of the four runs were earned.

The Hornets committed four errors in the game.

Monroe’s John Bohannon was just as strong.

He pitched all eight innings, allowed four hits and one earned run.

The Hornets put the bat on the ball, striking out just three times in the game, but Bohannon was able to get several fly ball outs.

Dallas County got going in the second as Hollis led off with a double to the wall.

Shane Moreland’s two-out single plated pinch-runner Dillan Cooper.

Monroe evened the score in the fourth as Josh Goldman led off with a walk.

Daniel Harper followed with a single and stole second.

Harper tried to score on a wild pitch, but C. Cooper threw to Hollis who tagged the runner at the plate.

Nathaniel Booker then reached base on a disputed catcher’s interference call.

With runners on the corners, Hollis tried to pick Booker off at first, but the ball was wild and Harper came around to score.

After fending off a Monroe rally in the seventh, Dallas seemed poised to take the win.Tyler Hollis led off with a single and Dalton Anthony had a great at bat as he battled for a walk.

The runners moved up on an error with one out but a flyout and a strikeout ended the threat.