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March 27, 2014

16-4A Baseball: Holcomb sparks Fightin' Indians to first district win

JACKSONVILLE —

 It only takes a spark to ignite a raging fire and Jacksonville third baseman Chris Holcomb delivered all the kindling that the Fightin' Indian nine needed in posting a 7-2 win over John Tyler Tuesday night at Summers Norman Field.

Holcomb collected an inside-the-park home run, one of two hits he had on the evening. Holcomb drove in three of the Tribe's runs as well.

The Lions (2-14,0-3 16-4A), jumped to the early lead, riding the arm, and the bat of freshman pitcher, Josh Parker.

Parker led off the inning with a triple to the left field fence. Two batters later, Tony Johnson drew the throw at first for a sacrifice ground out, as Parker crossed the plate for a 1-0, Lions lead.

The bottom of the third inning erased the JT lead when Holcomb clubbed a pitch to the wall in center field, picking up both runners on base.

Winning pitcher, Mason Smith singled before a fielder’s choice by Tribe catcher, Michael Sexton set the table for the Holcomb’s, dashing three-run home run.

Jacksonville (6-11-1, 1-2) added on two more runs in the fourth inning, as Smith aided his cause on the mound with a two-RBI, single to plate Jacob Tucker, and Brandon Rawlinson, and a 5-1, Tribe advantage.

Jacksonville's Cash Cleaver slapped an RBI-double in the fifth stanza to score Guadalupe Muniz after his single. Jacob Turner later walked and came around to score the final run on a passed ball.

The freshman, Parker was 2-for-3 for JT, with a triple and run scored. Wilson added his triple and scored for JT, while Diego Martinez, and Tony Johnson’s infield hit accounted for the five Lions hits in the game.

Smith took the win for the Indians, striking out five, walking none, and scattering out the five hits, and one earned run. The right hander was also 2-for-3, with two RBI’s and a run scored.

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