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Lions improve to 4-0 with 11-3 win over PVMS

GOOD DEFENSE - HCMS' second baseman Tristan Howerton makes a catch in Monday action against Park View. The Lions won and improved to 4-0 on the season. (David Conner II photo) / March 26, 2009
The Halifax County Middle School baseball team improved to 4-0 with an 11-3 win over Park View Monday.

Seth Elliott got the win with four solid innings of work on the mound, with Ryan Powell finishing up in the lopsided win.

HCMS finished with 14 hits, including two doubles, two triples and a home run. Halifax put away Park View early, scoring four runs on three hits in the first and three runs on five hits in the second inning.

Nick Anderson, batting second in the lineup, finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and four runs scored. Anderson doubled and later slammed a leadoff homer in the fifth.

Ryan Yates had a 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Yates slapped an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run triple in the second.

Andrew Hamlett also had a productive game, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Tyler Stephens went one-for-three.

Leadoff hitter Rufus Jeffress went one-for-two with a pair of runs scored.

Halifax started well, scoring three runs in the first inning. Yates singled and Hamlett and Avery Anderson produced run-scoring singles.

Nick Anderson led off the second with a double, and Elliott bunted his way aboard. Yates blasted a two-run triple.

Hamlett delivered a run-scoring single.

Halifax added two more runs in the third, sparked by a RBI single from Nick Anderson and an RBI flyout from Elliott. Tyler Dunn, coming off the bench, also slammed a triple in the third and scored.

N. Anderson then went deep in the fifth.

Elliott had a solid outing, as he pitched the first five innings. He fanned two in the first and set down the first six batters.

Elliott encountered some turbulence in the third, as Park View had three hits and capitalized on three Lion errors, scoring three runs. But Elliott recovered, getting a strikeout in the fourth and overcoming a one-out single in the fifth.

Elliott got another strikeout in the fifth.

R. Powell followed with scoreless relief in the sixth and seventh, with one strikeout.

Cleaton led the Park View offense with a 2-for-4 night.

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