Thursday, April 7, 2011
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byers Lions got their share of hits Friday in their tilt with the Cardinals of Potts Camp but they were not enough to turn back the visitors.
Corderrious Stone was first on the hill for the Lions and he held things down in the top of the first inning. Two pop-ups and his third bagger killed the runner trying for home with a throw to the plate.
Ben Bolden was the hurler for the Cardinals and registered one strikeout. The other two outs came on throw-outs at second base. One inning was complete with no errors, and Byers left one stranded.
Potts Camp got a hit from Zack Mayer and he made it to third on steals. He was batted in by Dylan Goode. After a few walks which loaded the bases, coach Bo Sellers made a mound change halfway through the top of the second. He sent in Courtney Fitzpatrick. Byers’ catcher, Justin Sellers, made a cut off at home to keep a runner from scoring but the bases were still loaded. Another runner scored but the next was killed at third. Nick Watts came to the plate, stroked one to center field and scored a pair. The side was halted when the third bagger retrieved a grounder and cut off the batter at first.
Byers went three up and three down, the last batter going out on a bunt. Two completed innings and Potts Camp was ahead 4-0.
Mayer got on base with a single then was thrown out trying to steal second. Fitzpatrick retired the next two batters.
Robert Penilton was facing Bolden on a full count with two outs and one on when he caught the change-up and hit a double which dropped in front of the right fielder, scoring the runner on third. Bolden retired the next batter. That completed the third inning with a score of 4-1.
Byers picked up its defense again in the top of the fourth for another three up and three down.
Coach Justin Weeden sent Jesse Shaw in to relieve Bolden. Byers didn’t reach first. Five complete and Potts Camp was still leading by the 4-1 score.
Meanwhile, Chance Lykens had switched from the plate to the mound in the top of the sixth. The bases were loaded when he stepped aside for Kyle Skelton. Hunter Joyner dropped a single in front of the shortstop, scoring the runner on third, but another Cardinal was picked off at second.
Lykens led off the bottom of the sixth with a base hit. He was caught moments later trying to steal. However, the Lions did score another run.
Sawyer Goode coupled a double with an error and two runs scored. The next batter was thrown out on a steal try for second. The side was out with the score 8-2.
Cody Watts took the mound for Potts Camp in the bottom of the seventh. The Lions had two men on, second and third, with two outs. Skelton laid down a bunt and scored the Lion on third. The Cardinals turned the final out and took the win 8-3.
“We did not play well at all, but a win is a win in division play,” Coach Weeden said. “Our bats went cold Friday night, but our defense stepped up and played solid, which they’ve been doing all year.”
Byers record went to 3-4 on the season and Potts Camp went to 4-1 (district).
The Lions were scheduled to go to Blue Mountain Tuesday. They host Myrtle Friday at 5 p.m.
The Cardinals were slated to host West Union Tuesday. They host Hickory Flat Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Potts Camp Cardinals also downed district opponent Myrtle 4-2 last week.
C. Watts pitched a complete game for the mound win. He struck out five.
“Cody pitched an outstanding game,” coach Justin Weeden said. “He really showed senior leadership.”
Josh Hailey, N. Watts and Hunter Joyner had multiple hits in the two-run victory.
“We still have to do a better job hitting the ball,” Weeden said. “Our defense was rock solid.”
Bolden and Jesse Shaw combined for 10 putouts in the game at third and shortstop.
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