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Hornets take advantage of Greensboro mistakes

Dallas County took advantage of Greensboro gifts, then hammered the ball to earn a 12-2 win over Greensboro in the first half of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Greensboro pitcher Donta Reaves kept the Hornets at bay early, giving up one run over the first two innings.

He continued his dominance in the bottom of the third by striking out Justin Moore, Justin McAfee and Dylan Shelby. Trouble is, Moore and McAfee reached on passed balls to keep the inning alive.

“Both of our pitchers pitched well enough to win,” said Greensboro coach James Tidwell. “We just played poor defense behind them.”

The Hornets took advantage of the miscues with three hits and a walk to put four more runs on the board. Justin Moreland did the most damage, slapping a single to right field to score Curtis Harvell and Blaine Whitaker.

As the Hornet bats got hot, Shelby kept the Raider bats guessing. Three days after he pitched a perfect game against Southside, Shelby notched a no-hitter against Greensboro, recorded 12 strikeouts while allowing two walks.

That didn’t stop the Raiders from scoring on a few errors as well. LeAnder Jeffries earned a walk and scored on a Keith Jones error that allowed LaDarius Paige to reach safely. Paige scored on a wild pickoff attempt by Shelby to trim the deficit to 6-2.

However, the setback didn’t stun the Hornets. Dallas County took advantage of two walks and singles from Shelby and Drew Blackmon to tack on three more runs in the fourth.

“We started off slow,” said Dallas County coach Ty Riggins. “We were having trouble staying back and letting the ball get to us. Once we made it through the lineup a couple of times, we hit the ball.”

The Hornets tacked on four more in the fifth — with the last coming on a Blackmon bunt that scored McAfee on a suicide squeeze.”

The results of the second game of the doubleheader were unavailable by deadline.