Late two-run HR difference as Tripoli rallies by Clarksville

Clarksville’s Pacen Hendricks makes a backhanded stop of the ball at shortstop for what turned out to be an infield single against Tripoli on Thursday, June 28. (Kristi Nixon photo)

CLARKSVILLE – Clarksville certainly didn’t lack for offense against Tripoli, but a few key defensive miscues proved costly in a 9-8 baseball loss to the Panthers on Thursday, June 28.

The Indians combined to tally 10 base hits while going back-and-forth with the visitors with five lead changes and two tie scores throughout before the Panthers snuck out of Clarksville with the win.

With the wind blowing out, Blake Bockhaus took advantage of an untimely error to hit a two-run home run in the sixth and despite the Indians coming back to tie the score at 8-all in the bottom of the inning, used two hits and a little wildness from Clarksville to score the go-ahead run.

“We’ve talked the whole year about the little things,” Clarksville coach Ryan Gebel said, “and we’ve got to get the little things right and tonight was again the thing that cost us not doing the little things the right way..."

The full story appears in the July 5 print edition of the Clarksville Star.