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March 14, 2013

Area prep roundup: Mountaineers rally past Cats on diamond

So far, North Murray High School baseball coach Steve Granger is enjoying this week more than last.

A solid win over a local team will have that effect.

The Mountaineers beat Dalton 4-1 Wednesday in Chatsworth, spreading around the offensive work to support a strong outing by Jared Goswick, who walked five but allowed just three hits and kept the Catamounts’ baserunners from becoming too much trouble.

Goswick struck out five as he worked five innings to pick up the win. He was also 2-for-2 at the plate and had an RBI as he helped the Mountaineers (3-5) bounce back after they went 1-2 last week, with one of the losses a 12-2 defeat at Northwest Whitfield.

“Last week was a tough week for us, so I was really curious how our kids were going to respond. They came out and played a solid ballgame,” said Granger, whose team was originally scheduled to play Dalton on Monday before the game was rained out. “What was different in this one than the others was our pitching. Our starting pitcher went five innings — last week we weren’t able to throw strikes, so we didn’t stick with the pitchers very long.”

Dalton (1-5) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Grant Sane doubled and later scored from third on a passed ball.

The Mountaineers tied in the fourth, then went ahead in the fifth when Jared Campbell scored after Evan Rice hit into a fielder’s choice with two outs and runners at second and third. North Murray scored its final two runs in the sixth.

Brandon Brock and Aaron Granger each added an RBI for the Mountaineers, while Ethan Lents finished 2-for-3 and Cole Vaughn had a triple.

“It’s always a good thing when you run into a rough spell but the kids are able to bounce back,” coach Granger said.

“Defensively, we kept ourselves in it, and then the hits came there at the end and we were able to push a few runs across.”

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