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Tribe erupts in fourth, sixth innings to claim Big 7 win over 'Blazers

April 8th, 2014 9:49 pm by Dave Ongie

Tribe erupts in fourth, sixth innings to claim Big 7 win over 'Blazers

GRAY — Dobyns-Bennett's baseball team broke open a tight Big 7 Conference road game by putting up four runs in the fourth inning and six more in the sixth to close out a 12-2 win over Daniel Boone on Tuesday.

Caleb Cook went the distance on four days' rest for the Tribe, giving up just two runs on three hits in six innings of work.

The Indians (14-1, 7-0) clung to a 1-0 lead through three innings, jumping on top in the first when Cook scored following a pair of walks and a couple of passed balls. But it could have been a whole lot worse for the Trailblazers (8-5, 3-2): The Tribe stranded six runners on base during that span.

Boone starter Zack Byron (2-2) was the main reason the 'Blazers hung close for so long. The sophomore left-hander pitched himself out of some tight jams early to give his team a chance.

The Indians finally gave Cook some breathing room in the top of the fourth when they plated four runs — three of them unearned — to take a 5-0 lead. Cook helped his cause with an RBI single, Payton Marshall drove in a run on a deep sacrifice fly and Christian Bailey added a run-scoring hit to cap the rally.

The bottom of the fourth proved to be a speed bump for Cook (5-0), who faced the minimum in his other five innings of work but was touched up for a pair of runs in the fourth.

The inning could have been far worse for D-B if not for a defensive gem by Bailey, who made a diving catch at shortstop with two outs to rob Brandon Davis of a hit that would have likely plated two more runs.

Instead of trying to hold onto a 5-4 lead, the Indians escaped with a 5-2 edge. The floodgates opened in the sixth, when the Tribe sent 12 batters to the plate and put a 6-spot on the board. Cook retired Boone in order in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.

Marshall finished with three RBIs and Newley Burton had an RBI single in the sixth inning for D-B. Cameron Clabough and Zack Peters each drove in a run for Boone.

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