Baseball

Baseball Uses Late Rally to Win SAC Tourney Opener

08_Baseball_Barton_06

HICKORY, NC -- Junior Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) hit the second of his two home runs in a seven-run eighth inning as top-seeded Catawba rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Wingate 10-7 in the opening game of the 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament.  Catawba, who wins for the season best seventh straight time, improves to 35-14 and advances to play Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday afternoon.  Wingate fall to 19-33 and plays Newberry in an elimination game.

Wingate took a quick 1-0 lead in the top half of the first.  Nick Siega-Riz (Clemmons, NC) led off with a single to right and later scored on a double by Bulldog designated hitter Heath Weatherford (Rockingham, NC).  The top-seeded Indians would answer, adding a single run in each of the next three innings.  Sands, a first-team All-SAC selection, homered to knot the game in the first at 1-1, drilled his league-leading 19th blast into the trees beyond right field.

Catawba took a 2-1 lead the next inning with a pair of two-out hits.  Senior Matt Kepley’s (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale HS) second double of the year scored Bubba Morris (Spencer, NC/N. Rowan HS), who singled, to give the Indians the lead.  Indian catcher Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS) stretched the lead to 3-1, driving in Sands with a two-out rip to centerfield to single Sands home.
Wingate answered in a big way in the fourth.

Aaron Knowles’ (Hope Town, BAHAMAS) two-out grand slam gave the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead, as Wingate took advantage of a two-out Indian error, a double by Alex Chapman (Morganton, NC) and a walk to Siega-Riz to load the bases.  The Bulldogs added a run top of the fifth as Weatherford lined his team-leading 11th home run out to right center. 

Wingate stretched its lead to 7-3 with a run in eighth, but failed to put the game away when David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC/Ledford HS) threw out a runner at the plate after a bases loaded single by Knowles brought home a single run.  Tim Holmes (Bay Village, OH/Bay HS) got Blair Troutman on a pop up to avoid further damage. 

Catawba would answer with a decisive eighth, rallying for seven runs, and showing why it captured the 2008 South Atlantic Conference regular season title.  Craige Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) laced a one-out solo home run to left center, slicing the lead to three at 7-4.  With two outs and a runner on, Morris was hit by a pitch and Kepley reached on an infield single to load the bases. 

Thomas, the SAC Player of the Year, delivered a two run single through the right side to slice the lead to 7-6 to chase Bulldog starter Dusty White.  Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale HS) greeted Cameron Falcon (Durham, NC) with a two-run double off the wall in left field to give the Tribe an 8-7 lead.  Sands added some insurance, drilling his second home run of the day, a two-run shot to give the Indians a three-run lead at 10-7.

Sands finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored.  Query delivered four hits and Kepley three.  Holmes improved to 4-1 with his win in relief for the Indians.  He worked two innings, allowing one run and striking out three.  Indian starter Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC/NW Cabarrus HS) went six innings, allowing two earned runs on nine hits.  Tim Smith (Walnut Cove, NC/S. Stokes HS) came on to close out the ninth for his first save.

White dropped to 5-5, allowing seven earned runs and 12 hits in seven and-two thirds innings of work. Weatherford finished 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two RBIs to lead Wingate.  Kevin Childs also had three hits for the Bulldogs.

Box Score

Today's Events

No events scheduled until August 24

Calendar

«June 2018»
12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Mouse over the red calendar dates to display events on those days. Click to open the full-size calendar.


TEAM PHOTO

Baseball Team Photo

SPONSORS