The Hillsboro junior varsity baseball team fell behind 2-0 Wednesday against the Farmington Knights, but it scored eight unanswered runs before taking an 8-4 victory. The JV Hawks are now 5-4 on the season.
Farmington reached starter Kyle Cozort for two runs in the second inning, but then he was rock solid after that as his teammates went to work offensively. The Hawks trimmed the Knights’ lead to 2-1 in the third when Jace Stewart doubled to left scoring Noah Shuman who had singled.
The Hawks were at it again in the fourth inning. This time, Gabe King had a two-run single, and Connor Jenkins made it 4-2 with a run scoring single. All the while, Cozort was mowing down the Knights.
Three more Hillsboro runs scored in the fifth inning. Stewart doubled, and Griffin Smith ran for Stewart and moved to third on an Eli Epleysingle. Cozort helped his cause by driving a single to left to score Smith. After a strikeout, Zach Whaley drove a double to center, scoring both Epley and Cozort. The Hawks led 7-2 heading into the sixth.
In Cozort’s final inning, two runners reached on a single and an error. But fittingly, he coaxed a double play to end the inning and his day on the mound. “Kyle Cozort once again was awesome,” said JV coach Chris Grewe. “He threw six strong innings striking out five and walking two. He allowed two runs on five hits.”
The Hawks would score their final run in the bottom of the sixth. Zach Schneider was hit by a pitch which scored Shuman who had earlier singled. Farmington was able to push across two runs in the seventh off Epley, who was in relief of Cozort, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks won, 8-4.
Grewe heaped more praise on Cozort. “At the plate he was one-for-two with a walk and was hit by a pitch. He also drove in one run.” Grewe also gave credit to his battery-mate. “Jase was just as good tonight behind the plate. He called a great game and hammered the baseball at the plate. He was three-for-four with two doubles and an RBI.” Other offensive stars were Whaley who was two-for-four with a double and two RBI. Shuman and Epley had two hits apiece as well. The Hawks had 12 hits on the night. “Defensively we did a good job tonight,” said Grewe. “We made the plays when we needed a big play. Overall, I was very happy with tonight’s effort from my boys.”