Thursday, April 14, 2011
Cards down Rebels
By CLAUDE VINSON
It was a defensive struggle for the most part Saturday, but in the end the Potts Camp Cardinals put together a well-organized effort to close out the Hickory Flat Rebels.
Potts Camp faced Johnny Warren to start the game. The lead-off batter was Ben Bolden. The pitcher awarded two in a row. The runner on second was thrown out trying to advance to third. The side was changed after two flyouts.
Sawyer Goode took the mound for Potts Camp. The Rebels put a man on, then Goode sent two back to the dugout. The next Rebel batter sent one flying past the first bagger, but Bolden ran in from center field, scooped it up and threw it to the third bagger at least three feet in front of the runner for the third out. One inning was completed at 0-0.
The Cardinals went three up and three down but they did the same thing to the Rebels when Josh Haley and Nick Watts turned a double play between first and second. The defensive game continued when Potts Camp went out on three.
Hickory Flat advanced a runner all the way to third and Goode – working off of two outs, two strikes and a ball – left him stranded. Three innings complete and the score still stood 0-0.
Jesse Shaw walked and Kody Joyner followed at the plate. He fouled off seven times then took it over the left fence for a round tripper and a 2-0 lead for the Cardinals. Potts Camp left one man on.
Timothy Tatum of Hickory Flat was facing a full count when he pounded one over the same fence for the Rebels’ first score.
The Cardinals clamped down to make it four innings done and a 2-1 tally.
Hickory Flat made a mound change at the top of the fifth, sending Tatum in relief. He recorded two strikeouts and a pop fly.
It was three up and down for the Rebel batters, closing the fifth at 2-1 in Potts Camp’s favor.
Shaw led off with a single at the top of the sixth. Goode followed and helped his cause with a line drive single which loaded the bases. Hailey came on and leveled one toward the left field fence and drove in two runs. Potts Camp had taken out a little insurance in the top of the sixth with only one out. Moments later they loaded the bases again. However, Tatum allowed just one more run before closing them out.
The Rebels went out in three and were behind 5-1 at the end of six.
Neither team added to the score in the final inning.
Coach Justin Weeden said the “wheels fell off our wagon” in the late innings versus West Union Thursday as Potts Camp fell 14-5.
The Cardinals trailed 6-5 in the top of the sixth when West Union scored four.
Two big hits, including a Hunter McQuary’s two-run homer, did the bulk of the damage. Plus, Potts Camp made two errors.
The Eagles added four more in the top of the seventh on two doubles and two-run homer by Tyler English, his second of the game.
“Those home runs hurt us the most,” Weeden said.
Ben Bolden took the mound loss for the Cards. Will Basil was the winning pitcher.
“We played great for five innings,” he said. “If we make a couple of key plays, then those guys who hit big for them never get a chance to swing the bats with runners on base. It’s a game of moments and they made the most of theirs. I’m very proud of the way we played the first five innings. We just have to put an entire game together.”
The Cardinals hosted Ingomar Tuesday. They host Myrtle Friday and go to West Union Saturday.
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