Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Broncos claim district championship

By Sandy Anderberg

The Broncos won the District Championship beating Memphis and Nazareth in blowout games last week. Courtesy photo / Adelita Elam

The Clarendon Broncos downed two more teams last week to clench another District Baseball Championship.

The Broncos remain unbeaten in their 2017 season and are posed to go deep in the playoffs.

They easily defeated Memphis on Tuesday at 19-1 and blasted Nazareth 12-1 at home on Friday.

Chance Lockhart was on the mound against the Cyclones going five innings with only allowing one run, four hits, while striking out eight batters.

The sixth inning was huge for the Broncos as they racked up 12 runs. Josh Cobb, Lockhart, and Nathan Shadle all singled, while Payton Havens ramped it up for a double. Stolen bases helped the Broncos cut into the Cyclone defense.

Memphis earned their only run early in the first inning and never got close to home plate again.

The Broncos racked up nine hits with Clay Koetting and Preston Elam posting two hits apiece in the romp.

On Friday, the Broncos made short work of the Swifts to clench the district title. Kade Hunsaker threw for the Broncos for four innings and had no runs, two hits, and nine strikeouts.

Once again, the Broncos struck early and posted several walk-in runs. They were able to score four in the second inning when Davis and Shadle. Elam, Davis, Shadle, and Havens each drove in two runs and Josh Cobb had two stolen bases.

The Broncos will have finished their regular season by press time and are looking down the road to their first playoff game.

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