Bulldogs dodge weather, but not Yellow Jackets

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 22, 2001

Sports Writer

While most local baseball coaches and teams have been playing weatherman this week, the Pike County High School Bulldogs were fortunate to dodge the worse part of the monsoon as they traveled Tuesday afternoon to face Abbeville High School.

Unfortunately, the sun didn’t shine for the Bulldogs in the win column as they dropped a 12-9 decision to the Yellow Jackets on a cold and miserable day in Abbeville.

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The Yellow Jackets got on the board in the bottom of the first when they belted a two run homer off Chris Nickson giving Abbeville a 2-0 lead.

The score remained that way until the top of the third when the Bulldogs scored four runs to take their first lead of the game. With the bases loaded, Jimmy Evans started the outburst with a RBI single to cut the deficit to 2-1. Following an RBI walk to Anthony Kilpatrick which brought in Elijah Daniels to tie the score at 2-2, Nickson followed with a two RBI single bringing in Evans and Dee Price to cap the inning.

Following a four run outburst by the Yellow Jackets in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead at 6-4, the Bulldogs stayed in the game when Kilpatrick got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the fourth keeping the score the same.

In the top of the fifth, Pike County took its final lead scoring three runs to earn a 7-6 lead. After Price doubled, Evans followed with a RBI triple before scoring on Kilpatrick’s RBI single. Nickson followed with his second RBI of the afternoon to cap the inning.

However, the Bulldogs pitching collapsed in the bottom of the fifth as Abbeville scored five runs to take the lead for good. Daniels scored a run in the top of the sixth and Josh Price belted a solo home run in the seventh, but it was not enough


Abbeville prevailed.

The Bulldogs (1-4) remain on the road this afternoon when they travel to face Luverne in the first area game of the season. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m. on the Luverne High School campus.