Baseball: Bozeman, Liberty County renew rivalry with Bucks win

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 03:44 PM.

SAND HILLS — While it’s true that one season doesn’t make a rivalry, it appears that in the least 2012 was the start of a budding tradition between the baseball programs at Bozeman and Liberty County.

Should that become the standard, then the host Bucks’ 6-1 win Tuesday night in a District 4-1A encounter takes on added importance outside the district implications.

Bozeman, 3-2, executed well for a game played in late February and punctuated the victory with a key double play that thwarted a response by the Bulldogs, 4-1, in the fifth inning.

“Tonight we played solid, those two pitchers (David Black and JoJo Durden) got them to the Final Eight last year,” Bozeman coach Jeff Patton said. “The difference is we made it tough on them.

“It was the start of the district schedule today and I thought we pitched well. Reed Ruddick and Matt Hall threw great.”

Ruddick was the winning pitcher, allowing only two hits until faltering in the fifth when Liberty County scored its run to narrow the gap to 3-1.

The bases were loaded with one out when Patton moved Hall to the mound, second baseman Logan Strausbaugh to shortstop and inserted Austin Priester at second. It took about 10 seconds for Hall to make Patton look clairvoyant as he induced a ground ball on which Priester started a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

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