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The Oliver Springs Bobcat baseball team picked up a key split in district competition, downing Coalfield in a doubleheader on Tuesday -- taking the first game 14-5 and then taking the nightcap 10-7.
With both wins under their belts, the Bobcats improved to 4-0 in district play.
In game one, Oliver Springs opened up a close game with a five-run fourth inning. Tanner Turpin picked up the win, pitching three innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out six. Turpin gave up just three hits, while walking two. Alex Kelley pitched the final two innings, giving up one earned run and striking out three Yellow Jackets.
Leadoff man Logan Crisp set the tone for the Bobcats, scoring three runs and going 2-for-2 with a pair of talks. Kelley also scored three runs, walking twice and adding a double.
Matt Tinker, the Oliver Springs catcher, scored a pair of runs, adding to his impressive 3-for-3 performance at bat. Also scoring in the 14-5 win were Cary Gann, Turpin, Austin Jones, Coker and Coleman.
Oliver Springs took a 3-0 lead at the end of the first, but Coalfield would battle back with one run in the second and four runs in the third innings, trimming the lead to 6-4 for the Bobcats.
But Oliver Springs would put the game away with a huge fourth inning, in which five Bobcats would come across to score. After two more runs in the fifth, the mercy rule was in effect, ending Game One.
Things were much tighter in Game Two.
Oliver Springs went cold at the bat, scoring just one run in the first two innings. Coalfield was unable to take advantage, however, with Cary Gann controlling the Jackets with his terrific pitching performance.
Gann went the distance for coach Tony Kegley’s Bobcats, hurling five innings and giving up five hits. He would strike out three, but would allow five hits. None of Coalfield’s seven runs were earned, however, with Oliver Springs errors leading to the damage.
The game got interesting in the fourth, after the Bobcats had jumped to a 4-0 lead. Coalfield exploded for seven runs on three Oliver Springs’ errors. Heading into the bottom half of the inning, the ‘Cats trailed 7-4. That seemed to wake up the Bobcat bats.
Six runs came across, putting Oliver Springs back on top by the eventual final, 10-7.
Turpin went 3-for-3 for Oliver Springs with five RBIs. Gann had a pair of RBIs himself, helping his own cause.
The Bobcats are scheduled to play at Kingston Friday and at Jellico Monday. Oliver Springs’ next home game is set for Tuesday against Jellico.