First Posted: 3/23/2010
ROWLAND The South Robeson baseball team isnt hitting like its coaches want it to, but against Waccamaw Academy, the Mustangs hit just enough.
South Robeson scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 10-6 victory over the Warriors Monday afternoon.
“We were down twice and battled back,” South Robeson assistant coach Jerome Hunt said. “We didn’t give up and kept battling. We could have dropped our heads.”
The decisive rally started when Marcus Locklear doubled to open the inning. Stevie Hammonds was hit by a pitch and Colby Locklear drew a base on balls to load the bases. Tezshawn McIntyre singled home Marcus Locklear to chase Warrior starter Gavin Sellers from the mound. Reliever Lane Greene walked Jordan Campbell to force in Hammonds. Greene threw two balls to Casey Chavis before being replaced by Cole Canady. Chavis responded by ripping a two-run single to score pinch runner Jonathan Mitchell and McIntyre. Timothy Carter closed out the scoring in the inning for the Mustangs (3-3) with a sacrifice fly to center field, plating Campbell.
“We’re still not hitting like want right now,” Hunt said. “Last week we had some good practices, we were able to get out on the field and work on the little things we haven’t had a chance to work on earlier. It’s starting to pay off for us.”
Waccamaw Academy took a 6-5 lead in the top of the sixth when Sellers connected for a three-run home run to left field off Carter, who relieved starter Jeremy Lewis to begin the fifth inning. Carter allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out three in his four innings of work.
“Since we begin conference play Friday against Fairmont, we had a game plan to pitch Jeremy and Timothy around 50 pitches each today,” Hunt said. “We used the game just like a bullpen session. I think in the end, Jeremy threw 54 pitches and Timothy tossed 51, plus we still have Casey if we need him.”