PREP BASEBALL: Warriors fall to Hamilton at home 11-2

J.D. Cochran posted one hit and struck out five batters in the Warriors’ 11-2 loss to Hamilton Tuesday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – After starting the week with a 4-3 road win over Athens Monday night, the Warriors returned home Tuesday night to host one of the top teams in 4A. West Point squared off against the Hamilton Aggies and the Warriors had a lot of trouble getting the bats going. Five errors made it tough for West Point to keep pace with Hamilton as well and the Aggies were able to pick up an 11-2 win on the road.

J.D. Cochran got the start on the mound and quickly retired the first two batters he faced but a wild pitch, an error and a pair of hits allowed the Aggies to take a 3-0 lead after the top of the first. Eli Folds led off the for the Warriors and reached first on an error. Cochran followed him with a single into right field to put a pair of runners on the bases, but Hamilton put out the next three batters to keep its lead intact.

The Aggies added another run to their lead in the top of the of the second to make it a 4-0 game and after a scoreless third inning, a couple of West Point miscues allowed Hamilton to tack on two more runs in the fourth. The Aggies extended their lead to 8-0 in the sixth and they strung some hits together in the seventh to make it 11-0.

Isaac Hoffpauir and Cade Simmons led off the bottom of the seventh with back to back singles. Hoffpauir reached third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Brody Freeman brought him home to make it 11-1. Two pitches later, Bryson Phillips drove an RBI single into right field to make it an 11-2 game, but the Warriors couldn’t get any closer than that and Hamilton held on to win it 11-2.

Phillips (one hit) and Freeman each posted an RBI for West Point in the loss and Cochran, Hoffpauir and Simmons each recorded a hit. The Warriors will look to bounce back Thursday when they travel to take on Good Hope.

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