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  • Thomas Green, Brian Barefoot boost Neville

  • Neville 14, Bastrop 5
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  • Thomas Green and Brian Barefoot both went 3-for-4 as Neville handled Bastrop 14-5 Friday night at Baron Ballpark.
    With the victory, the Tigers (17-10, 7-0) clinched the series, having won Game 1, 5-3, Thursday night at Embanato Field. The series finale will be played Saturday at 2 p.m. at Baron Ballpark.
    Neville led from the outset.
    Nick Whitaker started the game off with a base hit to center, stole second, escaped a rundown on Barefoot's fielder's choice grounder and completed the circuit on Michael Green's RBI single to left.
    Neville stretched its lead to 3-0 with a deuce in the third.
    Thomas Green walked, pilfered second and third and continued home on a throwing error.
    Barefoot followed with a two-hopper off the left field wall for a two-bagger, moved to third on a wild pitch and tallied as Thomas Nickelson was safe on the second of five Ram errors.
    Bastrop scratched for a run in the bottom of the third when Khayree Robinson drew a one-out walk, moved to second on Cody Kinnaird's base hit, advanced to third when Tristen Shanks grounded into a force play and touched home as Jerry Powell found the hole between third and short for a base hit.
    Four straight Tigers reached base after the first two batters went down in order during a three-run fourth.
    Thomas Green, Barefoot and Michael Green laced consecutive singles and Nickelson was safe on a two-base error as Neville widened the spread to 6-1.
    Bastrop drew within 6-2 on Cody Kinnaird's two-out, bases-loaded infield single in the home half of the fourth, but Neville starter Alex Prince was able to minimize the damage when right fielder Curphy Hardin flagged down a fly ball to deep right for the third out.
    Putting the game away, Neville struck for five runs on six hits in the sixth. Barefoot's two-run double and Nickelson's RBI single highlighted the outburst as the Tigers built an 11-2 margin.
    Bastrop closed out the scoring with two in the sixth and one in the seventh, sandwiched around a three-run Neville seventh.
    Prince went five-plus innings for the win, with Cole Tracy and J.T. Jackson closing it out.
    Barefoot finished the evening with two doubles, a single, three RBI and three runs scored. Thomas Green produced a double and two singles, while scoring four runs and stealing three bases. Rounding out the 15-hit offensive, Nickelson drove in three runs with a double and a single, Whitaker, Michael Green and Dixon Houston singled twice and Hardin supplied a base hit.
    Bastrop collected 10 hits — all singles — but stranded 10 base runners. Kinnaird, Gavin Pollock and Kevin Alfaro had two singles apiece, with base hits by Powell, Maclendon Sharp, DeCartizae Pates and Skadarryo Johnson.
    Page 2 of 2 - Shanks absorbed the loss for the Rams, with Cameron Freeze and Robinson finishing up.
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