The McLoud tournament was behind Lone Grove. The Longhorns just wanted to send along with last week’s tournament a four-game skid.


The McLoud tournament was behind Lone Grove. The Longhorns just wanted to send along with last week’s tournament a four-game skid.

Shortstop Cody Sewell helped make that happen. He batted in six runs, two on a seventh-inning home run, and Class 4A’s eighth-ranked team beat Dickson 9-4 Tuesday.

It was much-needed for Lone Grove (10-5, 4-0 Lake Country Conference), which lost 3-2 to defending 4A champion Tuttle, 10-5 to 2A third-ranked Dale, 5-4 to 4A No. 19 Tecumseh and 8-5 to unranked Byng — all in McLoud.

“It’s real big to get the monkey off our back,” said Sewell, one of two who homered Tuesday. “Coach (Jeremy) Turner got hot on us in practice, got us going.”

Joe Johnson, Jacob McClennahan and Daryl Cathey each had two hits as well for the Longhorns.

Turner said he wanted the Longhorns to keep playing with fire and intensity. There was no better regular-season game than a rivalry game to do that.

“In high school baseball, a four-game losing streak seems like the end of the world to a player, but it’s not,” Turner said. “I told the kids, if you watch major-league baseball, the World Series winners go through a four-game losing skid at some point.”

Dickson (9-6) now is mired in a four-game slide. The Comets left 12 on base — twice ending an inning with bases full.

Ryan Gibson (2-0) pitched two at-bats into the fifth inning, allowing only one hit and keeping the Comets scoreless. The Longhorns got five of their nine hits off starter Paul Veach (4-1). “They’re very confident in themselves, well-coached,” Dickson coach Heath Gilbert said of Lone Grove. “They make you pay when they get on base, and they run well.”

Lone Grove led 7-0 through 4½ innings. Sewell doubled in two runs in a three-run fourth inning, and Chance Roberts started a two-run fifth with a solo home run. A fielding error at second base on Sewell’s at-bat that inning gave the Longhorns their largest lead.

The Comets had a chance to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the third. Gibson walked three batters, but struck out Dustin Kennedy and got Jamie Reed to ground out to close the inning.

Jacob Holcom put the Comets on the board in the fifth with a two-run triple and scored on a sacrifice grounder by Reed. Chris Battles singled in Holcom in the bottom of the seventh to make it 9-4, but he, Reed and Brendon Tucker — all of whom singled — were stranded to end the game.

Holcom was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple to lead Dickson.

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