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Hatchets defeat Loogootee in pitchers’ duel

   Loogootee’s senior hurler Patrick Bowling, a catcher turned pitcher this past season, threw another dandy ballgame – this time against the host Washington Hatchets. However, once again the Lions were bitten by a late-inning homer that kept them on the back-end of a hard-luck 2-1 defeat.  
  Bowling, who suffered a similar fate at home a few weeks back in a seventh inning loss to top-five ranked Attica, held a 1-0 lead as the bottom of the sixth began on a chilly, mid-40 degree day at Washington’s Gwaltney Sports Complex.  However, their lead-off batter, Ethan Hunsinger, managed a base hit, was bunted to second safely, and then a towering big fly to center field by WHS junior catcher Logan Hawthorne provided the only offensive spark in the nip-tuck pitcher’s duel.  Bowling was very efficient, not walking a batter and giving up just a handful of hits.  
  And, although Loogootee loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh, their only run came in the fourth when Roland Slaubaugh reached on a safety, took third on a fielding error, and raced home on a Tyler Bratton ground out.  Other hits came from  Derek Parsons, Mitch Harder, Bryce Wilz, and Matt Tucker.  
   Senior Alex Portee got the complete game, come-from-behind win for the 3-1 Hatchets.    
   Meanwhile, Loogootee dropped back to 3-3 on the young season.
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