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UH outlasts Hampton in snow-painted baseball game

Pat Kenney • Apr 16, 2018 at 9:49 PM

Snow flurries, temperatures in the 30s, wind-chill in the 20s, a 30-minute mid-game snow delay and the Beach Boys blaring over the public address system.

Yep, a perfect day for baseball.

University High took advantage of the brutal conditions and forged a 9-5 Watauga Valley Conference win over Hampton on Monday at Thomas Stadium.

Brant Hare had two of the Bucs’ 12 hits, drove in three runs and scored once.

UH senior Cas Blevins earned the win after pitching 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five, scattered four hits and allowed three runs.

“My fastball was the only thing that I could throw consistently tonight,” said Blevins. “My fingers were too cold to control the off speed stuff. It was really tough when the snow really started to fall in the middle of the game.”

In top of the fifth inning, the flurries turned into an outright snow storm. The field quickly turned white and you could hardly see the outfielders. Play was halted for 30 minutes until the snow shower passed.

“We did just enough out there to win,” said Bucs coach Josh Petty. “Under these conditions all you can do is try to play as clean a game as possible.”

The Bulldogs (6-9, 4-5), who will host the Bucs (12-8, 7-0) today in a rematch, committed four costly errors.

“UH put the ball in play and forced us to make plays and we didn’t,” said Hampton coach Nick Perkins. “For us to be the baseball club we think we can be we must play cleaner and more intelligent baseball.”

Carter Pollack had three hits and Kaleb Meredith two more for UH.

Hampton’s Dalton Rouse had the game’s only extra base hit, a double in the sixth.

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