GCHS Baseball Shuts Down Cascade to Get Back on Track in 12-AA

The Giles County High School baseball team and pitchers Blade Matthews and Tucker Duke were once again in top form against Cascade, winning a pair of games by run rule Tuesday.


The Bobcats (6-9, 5-3) again relied on their top two arms who combined to allow just five hits in 10 innings as GCHS won game one by a score of 12-0 and game two by a similar tally of 10-0. Giles is currently third in the district standings, trailing only Spring Hill and CPA who have yet to drop a 12-AA game this season after both playing for the state championship last year.


Matthews opened Tuesday’s proceedings, throwing his second one-hitter of the season with nine strikeouts in five shutout innings. The Bobcats scored five runs in the third and added seven more in the fifth to claim victory.


Ben Peoples had a career day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, a team-high four RBIs and two runs scored. Nick Foust also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Jayson Hamilton finished 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs, and Mack Young rounded out the leaders, going 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI, a walk and two runs scored.


In game two, Duke collected his third district win of the season, allowing no earned runs for the third time in four games in 12-AA. The right-hander threw five shutout innings and struck out four batters, while scattering just four hits. GCHS scored runs in four of five innings in support of its pitcher including three runs in the first and four in the third.


Dylan Carmon finished 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. Young went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, two RBIs and a run. Foust went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run. Hamilton finished 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Ben Peoples scored a team-high three runs after drawing two walks and being hit by a pitch.


GCHS is scheduled to close the week with a game at Richland Friday at 6:30 p.m. before hosting the Raiders Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The two teams split last year’s two-game series.

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