Thursday, April 9, 2009
Cardinals drop district games
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp let leads slip away in a pair of district games last week.
The Cardinals had a 4-0 advantage over Hickory Flat entering the sixth inning March 31 at home before falling 8-4.
“In the top of the sixth, we just fell apart,” said coach Michael Loden.
The Rebels scored six runs in the top of the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Hickory Flat’s win likely secured a third place finish in the district, while pushing Potts Camp to fourth.
Cody Watts started on the mound for the Cards and pitched into the sixth. He was relieved by Austin Goode.
Watts was two of four from the batter’s box with a triple. Sawyer Goode was two of three with a double.
Potts Camp went up 2-0 early in the game Friday night at home versus Myrtle but ended up losing 16-5.
Austin Goode got the pitching start, and after hitting a batter and giving up a single, he recorded three strikeouts in the top of the first.
The Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the first, thanks to Watts’ single, Dustin Minor’s double and Austin Goode’s single.
Myrtle tied the game in the top of the second. Then the visitors scored three in the third, three in the fourth, three in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Potts Camp added two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Austin Goode had a two-for-three night at the plate with a double.
The Cardinals (5-8 overall and 4-7 in the district) face district foe Coldwater Thursday at home at 5 p.m.
“We’ll finish fourth provided we beat Coldwater,” Loden said.
The state playoffs will begin Friday, April 17. If Potts Camp places fourth in the district, it will likely face Wheeler or Pine Grove in round one. Game one of the best two-of-three series would be April 17 at Potts Camp and then games two and three (if needed) would be April 18 away.
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