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Austin High's Chris Minton slips past Bob Jones catcher Dusty Chivers with a run in the bottom of seventh inning to help the Black Bears tie the game. Austin went on to win 8-7 in nine innings.
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Austin High's Chris Minton slips past Bob Jones catcher Dusty Chivers with a run in the bottom of seventh inning to help the Black Bears tie the game. Austin went on to win 8-7 in nine innings.

Double delight
Sophomore helps Austin
take 2 from Bob Jones

By Bradley Handwerger
bhandwerger@decaturdaily.com 340-2462

Trey Richard could have been a little worried. Maybe he even should have been a little worried.

After all, his start in the nightcap of Austin's doubleheader against Bob Jones was only his second of the season.

But the sophomore right-hander showed nothing but poise, sitting down nine of the final 11 batters he faced and striking out seven as Austin picked up a 3-1 win.

The Black Bears (11-13) also won the opener, coming from behind to win 8-7 in nine innings.

"I was rusty at first, but I settled down and got in a groove," said Richard, who finished with a complete-game two hitter to go along with seven strikeouts.

Added Austin head coach Jake Miles: "He's a battler, a competitor. He's a winner."

Austin's Tuesday sweep of the Patriots (4-16) helped the Black Bears avenge a Monday night loss to Bob Jones.

It also helped Austin avoid a hole that would have been dug had the Black Bears lost even one of the games. Austin is 2-1 in Class 6A, Area 16 play, while Bob Jones fell to 1-2.

"It's huge," Miles said. "Credit the character of the kids."

He added, "Everybody on the bus (coming back from Madison on Monday) was real down because we feel like we're a better team than we showed."

Bob Jones took a 1-0 second-inning lead in the nightcap when Tyson Parker's groundout to the shortstop brought home Dusty Chivers.

Austin's Richard didn't allow a Patriot past first base the rest of the game.

In the fourth, Austin picked up new life when Jake McCay sent a 2-0 pitch over the left-field fence to tied the game at 1.

An inning later, McCay helped bring home the game-winning run. His grounder to short advanced Kayne Stuart, who came home when Bob Jones' second baseman overthrew his attempt to get McCay out at first.

Austin tacked on an insurance run in the sixth.

Corey Jackson, Russ Sandlin, Ty Chancelor and Richard each had a single.

In the first game, Sandlin did just about everything he could to help Austin pick up the victory.

He drove home the game-tying run in the seventh after the Black Bears trailed 7-4, connected on the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth. He also picked up the win from the mound, going three innings and giving up two runs on two hits.

Chancelor had a homer, a double and single for Austin. Sandlin finished with two singles and a double at the plate.

Miles said the win is something that could propel the Black Bears to bigger things.

"It's a type of win that builds character, and when we're down, we can always look back at it," Miles said.

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