Ingomar downs Smithville behind Hodges’ 16 strikeouts

Senior Josh Hodges pitched four scoreless innings and struck out 16 Seminole batters in the Flacons 14-4 division win in six innings over Smithville. 

Ingomar broke open a scoreless game with five runs in the third off three hits and one error before adding four more runs on four hits in the fourth.

John Logan reached on an one-out double in the fifth and came around to score to give the Falcons 11-0 lead in the fifth, but things got sloppy for the Falcons when the Seminoles plated three runs off three errors to extend the game into the sixth inning.

Hodges, Tanner McCollum, and Ben Fooshee scored in the top of the sixth to give the Falcons a 14-3 lead.  Antwune Freeman scored in the bottom half of the inning, but Hodges struck out two of the next three batters to seal the victory.

Ingomar strung together nine hits while Smithville only managed three on the night.

Hodges also had a solid night at the dish going 2-for-2 with two singles, reached on a pair walks and scored three runs.  Fooshee 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and reached on an error and scored two runs.  McCollum scored a trio of runs and Logan added two while Austin Gregory, Clay Kidd, and Preston Broom added one run each.

Brett Bridges was saddled with the loss for Smithville.

Ingomar is scheduled to take travel to Tremont on Tuesday before returning home for a double-header against Tremont and Calhoun City on Friday, but Mother Nature might have the final say in the Falcons’ week.