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Bishop McLaughlin Shuts Out Bell Creek Academy In 3A-4

The Bishop McLaughlin Hurricanes traveled to face 3A-4 foe Bell Creek Academy Panthers Thursday afternoon in a late-season district match up. The Hurricanes scored all their runs in the middle innings and got an outstanding effort from starter Carson Ragsdale en route to a 4-0 victory over the Panthers to remain perfect within the district.

Ragsdale was lights out from start to finish for the Hurricanes (13-4, 6-0), who are looking to finish the season the way they started it. Ragsdale went the distance, throwing 70 pitches, allowing no runs on three hits and two walks, with 10 strikeouts in the complete-game shutout. He threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 25 batters he faced.

“Carson was dominant tonight over a young Bell Creek team,” said Hurricanes manager Jeff Swymer. “He threw his fastball for strikes early in counts and his curveball was sharp tonight.”

The Panthers (3-12, 0-7) struggled at the plate most of the night, due in large part to Ragsdale performance. Yazael Nunez led the Panthers by going 2-for-3 on the night against Ragsdale. Ryan Harrington also reached base twice for the Panthers by working two walks.

Paul Coumoulos got the scoring going for the Hurricanes, coming home on a bases loaded walk issued to Chris Berglund in the third inning. Coumoulos hit a sacrifice fly in the next inning to bring home Lucas Brown for the second run of the game. Blake Carrol added another run in the fourth and Dillon Morton drove in another run in sixth.

The win keeps the Hurricanes perfect within the district, but there are still things that need to improve heading into the playoffs.

“Offensively we had very poor at-bats,” said Swymer. “We had a couple bases loaded opportunities to bust the game open but hit into two different double plays. However our catcher, Dillon Morton, continued on his tear at the plate with two more hits. He’s been phenomenal all year.”

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