First Posted: 4/16/2010
ROWLAND It wasn’t a game either coach will want to remember for the defensive plays.
South Robeson and Red Springs combined to commit 14 errors, but the Mustangs were able hold off the Red Devils for an 11-5 Three Rivers Conference victory Friday night.
“We made some mistakes, most are correctable,” South Robeson coach Bryan McDonald said. “It wasn’t a clean ball game, but no high school baseball games are. When we make a mistake, we will tell him to make something good happen behind it.
“In high school baseball, no one’s perfect. The team that makes the fewer mistakes, usually wins.”
All of South Robeson’s runs off Red Springs starter Sherman Sumpter were unearned. Sumpter limited the Mustangs (7-8, 2-2) to just five hits in the complete game loss.
“It goes back to what I told the team in the beginning of the year, make the routine plays,” Red Springs coach Chris Howell said. “Our pitcher gets the ground balls and fly balls, but we don’t make the plays behind him.”
Mustangs starting pitcher Timothy Carter went the distance to pick up the victory, allowing four hits and striking out seven.
“He’s had some growing pains,” McDonald said about his freshman right-hander. “We just have to harness his emotions. He’s a 14-year-old out here as our No. 1 starter competing against 17- and 18-year-olds.”
The Mustangs opened the scoring with three runs in first and took advantage of two Red Springs’ errors in the frame. After the Red Devils cut the deficit to one in the top of the second, South Robeson once again used two miscues to score three runs in the bottom of the frame.
“We’re just going to keep going and keep pushing forward,” Howell said. “Hopefully we will get the leadership to lead this team in the right direction.”
South Robeson returns to action Tuesday at conference foe East Columbus, while Red Springs will play host to West Columbus on Tuesday.