Justis Hayes, Sidney

Sidney senior Justis Hayes releases a pitch as a teammate looks on during Sidney's win over Essex/South Page, Friday, June 7.

SIDNEY – The Sidney Cowboys scored five runs in the third inning and starting pitcher Justis Hayes pitched six strong innings in a 7-3 Cowboy win, Monday, July 8.

Sidney opened the scoring in the second inning when Brett Gruber singled, stole his way around to third and scored on Cole Stenzel’s groundout.

The big inning was the third and gave Sidney a 6-0 lead. Jaden Sears walked with one out, and then Zayne Osborn singled. Gruber walked, and then Will Oswald cleared the bases with a triple. Oswald came down to score, and then Hayes walked and eventually scored on a groundout.

The Tigers scored their first run in the fourth inning on two hits, a walk and two hit batters.

Oswald scored Sidney’s final run. He was hit by a pitch with one out in the fifth, stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Lenox scored two runs without a hit in the seventh against Hayes. He hit two batters and walked another and was then replaced on the mound by Gruber. He faced just four batters with two inherited runners coming into score on a groundout and an error.

Hayes lasted six innings in earning the win. He gave up five hits, three walks and three runs, two earned, while striking out eight.

Jackson Gorham finished with two of Sidney’s six hits. Oswald drove in three runs and scored twice.

Sidney improved to 7-13 in ending a four-game losing streak.

Lenox fell to 6-16 in losing its fifth consecutive contest.

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