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While the weather might have been less than favorable Friday night at Donkey Field, the Bray-Doyle Donkeys won’t soon be arguing about the result.
One run each in the third and fourth innings proved to be just enough for B-D to claim a 4-3 victory over Central High, snapping a three-game losing streak for the Donkeys in the process.
“It’s not anything I’ve done, the boys have just been working hard,” B-D coach Cody Tutwiler said. “We had a couple of days off since we didn’t play on Wednesday or Thursday and we just tried to work on things we’ve been missing lately. We’ve been hitting a lot better and Dylan (Sparks) is one of those kids. This was a total team effort and I’m proud of the boys and how they played.”
An RBI by Dallas Lyles in the bottom of the fourth inning made it 4-2 in favor of the Donkeys, which in the end proved to be the difference.
Early on, it looked as though the Bronchos were going to snap their own losing streak, which has now been stretched to four games.
Ashton Wright slapped an RBI triple to the gap in left center field to give Central High a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, before Jarrett Sparks brought Wright home with an RBI single of his own to make it 2-0.
Wright finished with a double as well in the contest to go with his triple.
After a scoreless first inning, the Donkeys Dylan Sparks changed his team’s fortunes with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the second.
Sparks connected on a pitch and sent it flying deep into the night sky over the left center field wall to cut the Bronchos lead in half at 2-1.
B-D’s good luck continued later in the inning, as Austin Long used heads up base running to score from third and tie the game at 2-2.
Sparks added another RBI to his total in the bottom of the third inning to put his team in front at 3-2.
Jarrett Sparks got Central High within one run in the top of the fifth inning with an RBI double to left center field.
Things could have gotten better for the Bronchos as the bases were loaded later in the fifth, but B-D starting pitcher Cody Watson slammed the door shut.
Randy Jackson also registered a double for the Donkeys in the contest.
“We played hard, we just left too many men on base,” Central High coach David Bussey said. “You’ve got to drive those runs in when you get kids in scoring position. Bray-Doyle made the plays out there and they deserve a lot of credit for that.”
Jarrett Sparks took the loss for the Bronchos (9-8) on the mound, throwing 6 and 2/3 innings of work, allowing four runs on 10 hits with one walks and two strikeouts.
Watson went the distance for the Donkeys (6-6), allowing just three runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and three walks in a complete game effort.