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Blackman baseball stays in first in 7-AAA baseball race

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SMYRNA -- Blackman's baseball team pulled out the broom on Thursday night, sweeping a double-header (4-0 and 12-0) over Smyrna.

With the victories, the Blaze remained in first place in District 7 play at 13-2 -- one-half game ahead of second place Stewarts Creek (14-4).

Pitcher Zavien Lindsey got the win in the opener, only allowing two hits that weren't given up until the final inning.

"I put the ball in play and let my defense work," Lindsey said. "It was exciting. It was my first shutout this year and it's going to give me confidence in going into next week."

The Blaze put their first run on the board in the opening inning, as shortstop Connor Williamson scored on an error.

In the top of the third inning, catcher Peyton Milam hit a single to left field, stole second base and got to third base on a wild pitch. Left fielder Michael Dimartino hit a single to bring Milam home and give the Blaze a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning, Lindsey hit a single to left field and was replaced by courtesy runner Conner Murphy. Dimartino then was walked to put a runner on first and second base. Later in the inning Murphy came in to score as the Bulldogs catcher overthrew his first baseman in attempt to throw out a runner.

Dimartino scored as designated hitter Christian Sanderson hit a double to leftfield to bring him in making the score 4-0.

Going into the final inning, Lindsey had a no-hitter, but surrendered a hit to Bulldogs first baseman Preston Burnett and then a second hit to Ty Carter.

With two runners in scoring position Lindsey got a pair of batters to pop out and struck out a third preserve the shutout for the Blaze.

Game Two

The Blaze continued to rack up runs in the second game of their double-header on Thursday as they defeated the Bulldogs 12-0.

The drubbing was led by DJ Wright, who pitched a shutout for the Blaze.

"Fastballs and just keep putting them over the plate," Wright said of his thought process on the mound.

Catcher Milam hit a single in the first inning for the Blaze before being replaced by courtesy runner Michael Chuba, who scored on a wild pitch to make the score 1-0.

In the top of the fourth inning, the flood gates opened for the Blaze as they piled up the score. Left fielder Dimartino batted in a runner to make the score 2-0, and as bases were loaded designated hitter Sanderson was walked to make the score 3-0.

Second baseman Derick Junker was then walked advancing Lindsey home to make it a 4-0 game. Andrew Coulter then drove in Dimartino and Sanderson with a left field single to make the score 6-0. On the following at-bat, Williamson hit a single to right field to drive in Junker and make the score 7

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