Thursday, April 22, 2010
Cards fall to Myrtle
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Potts Camp Cardinals and Myrtle Hawks tangled on the diamond Friday for the second time this season. The Cards had stopped the Hawks in their first meeting on March 30.
Cody Watts was on the mound for Potts Camp and went the distance. The first batter for Myrtle was Sean Wiggington who got on base on a single. Jimel Judon popped out and Beau Cummings followed him. Cummings sent one speeding down the left line for an RBI double. He then scored himself before the last batter popped out to center.
Zack Mayer got the first hit for the Cards and turned a single into a double when the ball was mishandled in the infield. The Cardinals left one man on base.
In the top of the second, Myrtle’s Larry Parks singled, was advanced by a double from fellow Hawk Josh Kennamore and stole home on an error. Kennamore tagged and scored on a sacrifice to center. The next batter was cut off before reaching first. Watts struck out the last batter.
The bottom of the second proved fruitless for the Cardinals. Adam Baker, who also went the distance for the Hawks, recorded one strikeout and had two thrown out at first. After two complete innings, the visitors led 4-0.
Judon then stroked a single but died at first when Watts retired the side with pop-ups.
Nick Vondren got on through charity before Mayer moved him to second on a single. Austin Goode turned an RBI with a single that sent Vondren home for the Cards’ first score. The side ended with Potts Camp leaving two on base.
The Hawks got two on because they were hit by errant pitches. Then Watts shut the Hawks down. But the Cardinals didn’t fare any better; they went three up and out to complete the fourth. The score was 4-1.
Myrtle got back-to-back hits from Russ Yates and Judon and Kennamore picked up two more RBIs when he singled them home. Myrtle was living on two outs until Watts stopped a short fast one and beat the runner to first.
But again the Cards didn’t move any runners around the bases and the fifth was over with Myrtle on top 7-1.
Myrtle collected two hits and scored one run in the top of the sixth. Potts Camp had men on and was looking good after Goode dropped one in front of the left fielder. But the Hawks emptied the bases with a double play.
The Cardinals held the Hawks scoreless in the top of the seventh, but the visitors still had a 9-1 lead.
Baker had been rock solid on the mound for six innings but was beginning to show fatigue until the coach held a mound conference. He then struck out the next Cardinal. Vondren and Destin Wells both singled for Potts Camp. Wells’ hit helped Jeremy Honor get home for Potts Camp’s second score. It was over when the Cardinals left runners on first and third.
Myrtle won 9-2. The loss eliminated the Cards from a playoff berth.
“It was the same story Friday that it has been all year,” coach Justin Weeden said. “Cody (Watts) pitched good enough for us to win, but we didn’t hit the ball and we made 10 errors.
“This is one of those games you hope you got out of your system earlier in the year before division play.
“But we are a young team with only one senior so I expect great things from us next year.”
The Cardinals played Blue Mountain Tuesday and then host West Union Friday.
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