Thursday, March 14, 2013
Cane Bay avenged a loss to Ashley Ridge with a 2-1 victory over the Swamp Foxes Wednesday.
Starter Justin Shelton and BJ Thompson combined for a one-hitter while the Cane Bay offense tallied six hits. Cane Bay improved to 3-6 with the win while Ashley Ridge fell to 3-5.
“We've struggled the last week or so with some self-inflicted wounds,” Cane Bay coach Shane Todd said. “We didn't play perfect tonight, but I thought the guys did a good job of overcoming those self-inflicted wounds. We worked through mistakes instead of letting a mistake lead to another mistake. Overall, I think they played pretty well.”
The Cobras struck quick, scoring a run in the second inning. Blaine Peck got things started by reaching on an error. Davon Higgins then laid down a sacrifice bunt and Bryce Singletary reached on a walk. Cameron Rozal singled to load the bases and then leadoff hitter Jacob Page singled to plate Peck.
The Swamp Foxes were looking to tie the game in the third, but the Cobra defense rose to the occasion.
John Sanchez was hit with a pitch to open the bottom of the frame and then moved to third on a Cane Bay throwing error. Hunter Grover hit a deep fly ball and Sanchez tagged on the catch. But left fielder Trey Burdette gunned him down to secure the Cobra lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Jason Miller reached on a walk and advanced to third on a double by catcher Wesley Aschenbrenner. The hit caused Cane Bay to go to its bullpen and Thompson relieved Shelton.
Grayson drove in Miller to tie the game, but Thompson struck out the next batter to get out of the inning without further damage.
Page reached on a Swamp Fox error to open the final inning. Two outs later, Billy Detyens singled to drive him in for the game-winning run.
Shelton fanned four Ashley Ridge batters in his time on the hill and walked four. Thompson fanned three batters while walking none.
“Right now we aren't doing the little things it takes to win ball games,” Ashley Ridge coach BJ Bellush said. “We aren't fielding bunts and we only had one hit tonight. Cane Bay did a good job and their pitcher threw well, but we haven't hit the ball all year. Our guys are working hard, but we have to take the hitting from the cage onto the field. We have lost several one-run games so we just have to find a way to get those situational hits so we don't leave guys in scoring position.”
Cane Bay opens region play Friday against West Ashley while Ashley Ridge opens region play Friday by hosting Colleton County.
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