#1 Overton pounds Bulldogs 17-1

Mustang seniors Telvin Darden and Casey Rinehart drove in five runs apiece, Garrett Williamson struck out eight over a complete-game performance and Overton won its 11th straight game with a blistering 17-1 defeat of District 20-1A opponent Union Hill on Friday.

Overton’s errorless defense had Mustangs fifth-year coach Travis Jackson talking after the game.

“I was pleased with our defense and our fielding,” he said. “We didn’t have any errors out there today and our defense is looking better, but there’s always room for improvement.”

Offensively it was another solid batting performance from the state-ranked Mustangs, who had scored 27 runs in a win last Tuesday, with Rinehart going 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple, and five RBIs. But it was Telvin Darden’s 3-for-3 effort at the plate, with two towering home runs and seven RBIs that led the way.

“I just felt in the groove today,” said Darden. “I was able to get good contact and the rest of team did well, too.”

Williamson’s 1-hit, 1-run performance on the mound, combined with a near-perfect defense, gave the rangy right-hander a complete-game pitching victory.

“My control isn’t where it needs to be right now, but I feel like I’m getting good velocity,” said Williamson. “The main thing is how well the defense steps in and plays the ball, we help each other out and work as a team. That’s the main thing.”

Overton senior catcher Scott Osburn walked three times and drove in a run with his lone hit, while sophomore third-baseman Tyler Rhodes went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The #1-ranked Mustangs (11-1, 4-0) visit Leverett’s Chapel on Tuesday, then entertain the Big Sandy Wildcats on Saturday.

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