Coke holds off David New rally for win

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 2, 2000

After jumping out to a big lead, Coca-Cola held on for a 6-5 win over David New Thursday in a Lions Club Dixie Boys 13-14 game at the Dixie Boys Field.

John Holleman was the winning pitcher, giving up one run on two hits and striking out six in three-plus innings.

&uot;We didn’t hit the ball as well as we ususally do. We just didn’t play up to our capabilities,&uot; said Coca-Cola head coach Gary Jones. &uot;Their pitchers kept us off balance.

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Coca-Cola (7-2) scored two runs each in the first and second innings.

In the first inning, Holleman walked and later scored on a Palmer Rinehart fielder’s choice. Jeremy Davis singled and scored on a C. J. Cothern single.

In the second inning, Brandon Smith doubled and scored on a single by Jacob Dollar, who later scored on a Rinehart single.

Rinehart finished 1-4 with two runs batted in.

After going scoreless in the first three innings against Holleman, David New (2-8) scored three runs in the fourth inning off Brandon Geter.

Mitchell Nerren singled and scored on a single by John Paul Kenda. Preston Hicks doubled to bring in Kevin Bishop and Kenda.

Coca-Cola scored two runs in the fifth inning when Dollar singled to bring in Heath Williams and Smith scored on a wild pitch for a 6-3 lead.

Dollar went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs.

Kenda then singled to score Nerren to cut David New’s deficit to two after six innings.

David New still had a chance to either tie or take the lead in the top of the seventh.

With one out, Matthew Henderson singled and with two outs Barmer singled to move Henderson to second. Geter then intentionally walked Nerren to load the bases.

Holleman came back in to pitch, only to allow Bishop to single and score Henderson, but Coke recorded an out on the play.

Davis came in and retired the final batter.

&uot;I’m proud of the win,&uot; Jones said. &uot;When you play bad and win, that’s a gift.&uot;

Hicks was the losing pitcher, giving up four runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking two in four-plus innings.