First Posted: 3/24/2010
REDSPRINGS The long bus trip home following a loss to Southwest Onslow on Monday could have been a built as an excuse for the Red Springs baseball team.
Instead, the Red Devils (3-5) came out focused and breezed to a 13-1 victory in four innings over their cross-town rival, Flora MacDonald.
Coach Chris Howell had no problem with the coaches mutual decision to call the game early.
Well we agreed to call the game in the fourth and our boys were tired, Howell said. We didnt get in till 2:30 this morning and they had to come right back out here and play today, so they had a bit of a hangover effect I guess.
Red Springs didnt show any hangover effects early on, despite the Cougars (0-5) jumping out to an early 1-0 lead on Red Devils starter, Joseph Gordon.
The Red Devils used a five-run explosion to set the tone for the rest of the game.
I felt that I could have done a better job of pitching, Gordon said. We were a little tired out there, but Im proud of the way our team got runs and it helped me relax knowing that we know had a lead.
Howell liked the way Gordon relaxed as the game wore on.
I thought our pitchers were a bit rusty, but by the end of the game, both ours and Flora MacDonalds had settled in a bit, Howell said.
In the first inning, the Red Devils got a two-run double from Devin Locklear to give them a 4-1 lead. A passed ball allowed Locklear to score, to close out the frame with a 5-1 lead.
In the second, it was more of the same for Red Springs.
A much better inning from Gordon settled things down in the top half, while mistakes from the Cougars led to another five-run outburst.
The offense didnt stop in the third either, putting up three runs, finishing off the 13-1 victory.
Offensively, it was pretty satisfying out there, Howell said. I didnt think we hit the ball as hard as we could have, but I told them to be aggressive and I thought they did a good job of that.