Two pieces of news provide a flicker of hope amid the doom and gloom.
May 06--FRANKLIN FURNACE -- If pitching and defense are the keys to winning, that's why the Green Bobcats opened the winning door Monday.
Caleb Johnson pitched a five-hitter and Green didn't make an error as the Bobcats blanked the Portsmouth Clay Panthers 2-0 in a Southern Ohio Conference game.
Johnson struck out 13 and walked two in going the distance. Adam Cooper pitched a three-hitter for Clay (7-10, 6-7) as he struck out nine and walked seven.
"We got an outstanding pitching performance from Caleb Johnson and we made every play in the field. We made a lot of great plays defensively. It was a total team effort," said Green coach Dan McDavid.
Green (9-8, 5-6) got the only run it need in the first inning without the aid of a hit.
Clay Applegate walked, went all the way to third on a sacrifice by Trent Marcum and scored on John Hallum's ground out.
The Bobcats added an insurance run in the third when Hallum got a two-out single, Johnson walked and Trevor Carver had an RBi single.
Carver was 2-2 for the Bobcats.
Green hosts St. Joseph on Tuesday.
Ports. Clay 000 000 0 = 0 5 1
Green 101 000 x = 2 3 0
Adam Cooper and Andrew Hadsell. Caleb Johnson and Trevor Carver. W-Johnson (K-13, BB-2). L-Cooper (K-9, BB-7). Hitting-Clay: Conner Phipps 1-4, Brody Riffe 1-3, Adam Cooper 1-2, Michael Gleason 2-3; Green: John Hallem 1-3 rbi, Trevor Carver 2-2 rbi. 2B-Green: Trevor Carver.
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