Thursday, April 15, 2010
Cardinals fly over rival Byers
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lions and Cardinals met Friday in the rubber match of the current season. Potts Camp and H.W. Byers had faced each other before on March 23. The Cardinals came out winners in that game.
Both teams were playing their second games of the week. The Lions had dropped a 15-0 decision to Myrtle in three innings at home on April 6, while the Cards had fallen 4-0 at West Union the same day. Courtney Fitzpatrick threw first for Byers and he faced Josh Hailey as the first Cardinal batter. Hailey dumped it between the center and left fielders. The next batter flew out to right field, and Hailey tagged up and scored. Cody Watts singled in his turn at bat and stole second. He was knocked in by Jeremy Honor, who doubled and stole home. The Cardinals had three hits and and three runs. The side retired when the last batter popped out to Rosalyn Penilton, Byers’ first bagger.
Austin Goode was handling the hurling chores for Potts Camp. He was dishing out fast balls. The Byers batters were making contact but they were not getting any distance. Byers went three up and three out, all by short fly-outs.
Devin Holmes laid down a three-foot bunt for Potts Camp and was driven home on a double by Hailey. A pop-up to center sent Hailey racing home. Jesse Shaw scored when Honor doubled.
Coach Bo Sellers of Byers asked for time and replaced Fitzpatrick with Corderrious Stone. But the Potts Camp batters were still hitting. Zack Mayer and Nick Vondron both singled and drove in runs.
Byers made another mound change, this time calling up Chris Echols. Echols was replaced a short time later by Kyle Skelton.
Byers got its first hit on the next turn at bat. Echols ripped a line drive single to center field. The Byers offense was stalled again by Cardinal pitching and the Lions left a man at third. Two innings were completed and the Potts Camp lead was 8-0.
Potts Camp scored one run on a sacrifice and then left runners stranded at second and third. But the Cardinals held Byers in check and completed the third 9-0.
Potts Camp gave Goode a rest in the bottom of the fourth and sent Kody Joyner to replace him. The Cardinals had scored five runs in the top of the fourth. The side was retired after Byers made yet another mound change. Justin Sellars struck out the last batter in rotation.
The Lions scored their first run when Robert Penilton was sent home on a balk. Stone banged a single and picked up an RBI when the runner beat the throw to the plate. Penilton then stole home to give Byers its third score. Potts Camp also made another mound switch, this time going with Hailey, who soon retired the side. Four innings were completed and the Cardinals led 16-3. They picked up three more runs in the top of the fifth for a final score of 19-3.
The Lions, a young team with just one senior, showed signs of improving, especially their glove work, according to Coach Sellers. Outstanding stops were made by Rosalyn Penilton (one of two girls on the squad) and Robert Penilton.
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