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Maupin leads D-B to comeback win, earns split with Abingdon

Tanner Cook • Apr 19, 2019 at 1:05 AM

ABINGDON — After falling behind in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday evening at Falcon Park, the Dobyns-Bennett baseball team got an emotionally charged boost from Cade Maupin’s game-tying three-run home run on a 3-2 count in the seventh inning and game-winning two-RBI single in the eighth.

The Indians won the late game 12-10 over non-conference foe Abingdon.

Maupin finished his night going 2-for-4 with four RBIs. The Indians mashed out 15 hits on the evening.

Brogen Beckner also had a solid night at the plate for the Tribe, going 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.

“I saw some fight in our kids. … I thought it was a total team effort tonight. You hear that a lot, but it truly was,” D-B head coach Ryan Wagner said. “I have the ultimate respect for (Abingdon). Look at the way that they play, losing all of those players off of last year’s team. They play the game right. They always have great pitching, they swing the bat well and they play good defense.”

EARLY LEAD EVAPORATES

The Falcons (11-2) got out to an early 6-2 lead after the third inning, but the Tribe struck back with four runs in the top of the fifth.

The Indians (16-10) led off the inning with three straight singles, then Beckner came in with a bases-clearing double.

Aaron Farley hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Beckner from third and the Indians had tied the game at six.

After Abingdon scored once in the bottom of the fifth and three times in the sixth, it was do or die time for the Tribe.

Derek Thurston led off the seventh with a single and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. Farley batted him home with a double on the next pitch, and the Tribe was in business.

Jake Timbes got hit by the next pitch, then Maupin hit the long ball to deep left field.

Timbes also did well on the mound late in the game, getting the win and working scoreless seventh and eighth innings with three strikeouts.

FOR THE FALCONS

Chase Hungate led Abingdon in the second game, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. The Falcons hammered out 12 hits in the game — 10 of them singles.

Seven of the 10 Abingdon runs were earned as D-B was guilty of three errors on the evening.

The Falcons had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning in Ethan Ketron with runners on first and third, but he struck out swinging to end the game.

Jake O’Quinn was credited with the loss.

“One of the reasons we try to schedule Dobyns-Bennett is because they’re a perennial power in our area, and we want our kids to have the opportunity to play really good teams,” Abingdon head coach Mark Francisco said. “I’m just proud of our kids. We had the opportunities and we even had the winning run at the plate, but this is still a young team and they’re learning.”

Game 1

Abingdon 11, Dobyns-Bennett 4

The Tribe jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with Beckner hitting a two-run homer in the first. The Tribe got one more in the inning, and it was looking like a long day for Abingdon.

However, the Falcons roughed up D-B pitching for 16 hits, including four doubles.

Caleb Collins led Abingdon, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and four RBIs.

The Tribe didn’t manage much after the first as Ketron settled in on the mound, combining a solid arsenal of pitches like a slider, curveball and nasty changeup.

D-B got just six hits on the night and didn’t get a runner past second base until the sixth inning.

Ketron got the win for Abingdon, striking out nine.

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