Hornets drop fourth straight

Published 12:40 am Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dallas County High School pitcher Corey Ingram tosses a heater against Montgomery Catholic Tuesday in Plantersville. -- Robert Hudson

PLANTERSVILLE — The Dallas County High School Hornets were in reach, but a home run put an end to their comeback hopes, as they fell 7-4 to the Montgomery Catholic Knights Tuesday at home.

Willie Moore, head baseball coach of Dallas County (15-6), said the Hornets have got to work on doing the little things correctly after their fourth straight loss.

“We’re just not consistent, we’re not playing aggressive baseball right now,” Moore said. “We’re going to have to do the little things that we were doing earlier in the year, we’re going to have to work harder, we’re going to have to play smarter. We’re just being real passive as far as at bats go. We’re striking out too much and we’re getting struck out looking.

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The Hornets were within striking distance, trailing 4-2 in the top of the fifth, until Montgomery Catholic’s Dom Godwin hit a three-run homer that made the score 7-2.

The Hornets fought back in the bottom of the sixth inning, when D.J. Stiles hit a sac fly that allowed teammate Corey Ingram to tag up from third base and make the score 7-3.

The Hornets added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Ingram put the ball in play in the infield and the Knights overthrew the first baseman, allowing Blanton Strickland to score from third and make it a 7-4 game.

The Hornets’ other runs came in the bottom of the first when Ethan Fancher drove in a runner with a single, and in the bottom of the fourth when Ingram tagged up on a sac fly.

The Hornets play again Friday at Bibb County in an area game at 5 p.m.