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Dixie 10, Hurricane 0 4/6/2018

Hobbs Nyberg is starting to get into a groove. The senior infielder had a double and a home run, his third and fourth extra-base hits of the week, and improved his batting average to .482 in leading the Flyers to the mercy-rule victory. Nyberg had more RBIs this week (nine) than he had the whole season leading up to this week (six).

“He’s energy for our program and for our club,” said Dixie head coach Danny Ipson. “He’s the guy that is our motor and keeps us going. It’s just a matter of time that he’s going to see some pitches and he’s going to put some swings on it and he’s our leader at the top of our lineup. We look to him to lead us and we have all the confidence in the world that he will do that.”

Nyberg’s double in the bottom of the third broke a scoreless tie and his two-run home run in the fourth pushed the lead to 6-0. The homer came on a bizarre at-bat that saw two pitches nullified by balk calls on Hurricane pitcher Rylee Kent. The first one would have been the third strike for Nyberg. The second was ripped off the fence in right field, but was also nullified by the balk call. On the next pitch, Nyberg belted the ball deep over the right field fence.

“It was pretty confusing cause he threw that strike three, but it was a balk so I didn’t swing,” Nyberg said. “The next pitch I hit it and it was going to be a double or a triple, but they took that back and I was kind of bummed out. It was a little confusing, but then he just left me a fastball right over the plate and I put a good swing on it.”

Kent kept the Tigers in the game early, holding Dixie scoreless for the first two innings. In the third, Blake Oaks and Nyberg finally got Dixie on the board, but it could have been just a one-run inning if not for a little shaky Hurricane defense. Dixie hit two balls in the gap that were high enough for the Tigers to make a play on, but they did not. The result was a four-run inning after a double by Chase Lundin and a single by Kayler Yates.