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Gardner, Hutson lead Viola in regional rout

Thursday, May 1, 2003

The Viola Longhorns barely broke a sweat April 26 as they disposed of the Mount Vernon-Enola War Hawks 10-0 in the first round of the Class A Region 2 Tournament at Viola City Park.

It's a safe bet that Mount Vernon will be seeing Viola's Cody Hutson and Clayton Gardner in their sleep for awhile.

Longhorn starter Hutson faced just two War Hawks over the minimum as he fanned seven of the 14 hitters he faced in four innings for the victory, while Gardner went three-for-three with two singles, a double and five RBIs.

Kevin Painter started the Longhorn bottom of the second by flipping a single to right field.

Painter wasn't on base long before Gardner strode to the plate and knocked him in with a double to center that put Viola on top 1-zip.

That score would have been enough for the Longhorns as the War Hawks spent most of their time in the batters' box with their bats resting on their shoulders as Hutson struck out the side in the top of the third.

Gardner came up big for Viola in the bottom of the third as he dropped a hit behind first base that brought in Brett Cotter and Hutson to make it 3-0, Viola.

Four more runs in the fourth saw the Longhorns leading 7-0.

After a pair of strikeouts started the inning for Viola, back-to-back walks put a runner in scoring position for the Longhorns.

Hutson helped his own cause by stealing home on a wild pitch before Painter picked up an RBI with a single to right.

Gardner then collected his fourth and fifth RBIs of the game with a hard shot to right-center that gave Viola a 7-0 lead.

Adam Hancock came on in relief of Hutson in the top of the fifth and punched out three of the four batters he faced before the Longhorns closed out the game in the bottom of the frame.

Jason Perryman led off with a double to left-center, and Hancock was plunked by a pitch to set up an RBI chance for Hutson.

Hutson came through with a double that plated Perryman and Hancock.

Hutson then came around to score himself as Cotter smoked a shot off the War Hawk third baseman and gave Viola a run-ruled 10-0 victory in five innings.

In addition to Gardner's big day, Hutson added a double and two RBIs, while Painter and Cotter had two hits and one RBI each.

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