Tuesday, April 9, 2013
With a week remaining in the 2013 regular season, the Cane Bay High baseball team controls its own destiny.
The Cobras enter Wednesday night’s game at Stratford eyeing a spot in the class AAAA state playoffs but need a strong finish to secure a berth.
A 7-0 blanking of West Ashley on Monday night pushed Cane Bay to 3-2 in region 7-AAAA and 8-11 overall.
“Every win is huge at this stage of the season,” said Cobras head coach Shane Todd. “This was one we had to have. There is not a lot of separation one through five in this region so every win is crucial. We have three games left. If we win out, we win the region. But we’ve got a long ways to go and we take one at a time.”
Senior right-hander Austin Timm was brilliant Monday, allowing two hits and striking out 10 hitters to improve to 2-2 on the season.
Offensively, junior shortstop Trey Burdette had two hits and two RBIs and junior third baseman B.J. Thompson had two hits. Timm, senior centerfielder Davon Higgins and senior second baseman Cody Blewer each had RBIs. Senior leftfielder Justin Shelton scored two runs. The Cobras tallied seven hits in the game.
Timm pitched around an error and two walks in the first inning and Cane Bay scored three runs in the bottom of the first.
After Shelton was hit by a pitch and stole second base, he moved to third on a Thompson’s fly to right. Higgins grounded to short to score Shelton for a 1-0 lead. After Timm walked, courtesy runner Mike Morris scored when Brian Coleman reached on an error. Burdette then delivered Coleman with a single to center.
In the fourth, Blewer’s single to center scored Blaine Peck for a 4-0 lead. The Cobras added a run in the fifth on Burdette’s infield single over the mound.
Timm’s RBI single to left scored Shelton in the sixth and Thompson came around to score from first on an error by the West Ashley left fielder.
“Austin was pretty good tonight,” said Todd of his senior ace. “His last two outings have been really strong.”