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Hillwood Splits Home & Away With McGavock

Hillwood High School’s varsity baseball team earned a split decision last week with district rival McGavock in a home and away two-game series.

  McGavock won the first contest 3-2 on Wednesday.  The Hilltoppers came back the next day and won 7-5.  Hillwood improved its record to 4-2.  It’s two losses have both been by one run.

  In the first game on Wednesday, both teams were strong on the mound, but McGavock was just a little bit stronger at the plate. Eli Hall started the game for Hillwood  and recorded 15 outs.

  McGavock got things moving in the first inning. Hank Baskin drove in one when he singled.

  In the top of the third inning, Hillwood tied things up at two when Terry Swift doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs.

  McGavock pulled away for good  with one run in the fourth inning. Brandon Holleman singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.

  Holleman was the winning pitcher for McGavock. He lasted six and a third innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out 11. Paul Wells threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.

  Hall took the loss for Hillwood. He surrendered three runs on five hits over five innings, striking out six.

  Swift led Hillwood with two hits in three at bats.

  Baskin went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead McGavock in hits.

  On Thursday, the Toppers pitchers were strong again, but the defense behind them was shakey.

  Starting pitcher Terry Swift went three inning and only gave up one hit.  But McGavock was able to capitalize on Hillwood’s troubles in the field and score four runs.

  Hillwood tallied three runs in the fifth inning to tie the game. Swift and James Galloway each drove in runs during the inning.

  The game was tied at five with Hillwood Topper Varsity batting in the bottom of the sixth when Matthew Coyle doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.

  Jacob Brewster came on and pitcherd four strong innings to earn the victory.  He allowed one run on five hits, striking out two and walking one.

  Hillwood totaled 11 hits. Coyle, Swift, and Hale Page each racked up multiple hits for Hillwood. Coyle led Hillwood with three hits in four at bats.

  Hank Baskin took the loss for McGavock.  JD Garett went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead McGavock in hits. McGavock was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error.