By Tim Chambers
GRAY — Growing pains and more growing pains. Happy Valley’s inability to make routine plays in the field led to a 19-4 loss to South Greene in the Snowball Classic at Daniel Boone on Friday.
What should have been three outs for Warriors lefty Justin Norris turned into a nightmarish first inning A misplayed ground ball out and a dropped fly got it all started. Six errors and a passed ball would allow 10 Rebels to bat in the inning.
The 6-0 lead was 15-0 after their second at bat. This time the Rebels would bang out six base hits. Three walks and the same number of errors didn’t help matter either.
The bright spot for Happy Valley was the play of some of its freshman at the plate. Justin Maupin ripped a pair of doubles from his leadoff spot. Zac Hyder had a pair of base hits while batting in the two hole.
Garrett Church came off the bench and drove in two runs with a single. Chase Young, Caleb Rice and P.J. Barbosa added base hits as well.
Cole Baxley had three hits to pace the Rebels.
Jordan Renner pitched five innings to earn the win. All six runs given up by Norris in the first inning were unearned.
South Greene 691 03 — 19
Happy Valley 000 40 — 4
Renner and Baxley. Norris, Renfro (3), Maupin (5) and Street, Garland (3). W—Renner. L—Norris.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — From a baseball standpoint, the Cyclones might have been better off to have been like James Taylor and had Carolina in their minds instead of going there. ’Betsy finished the Myrtle Beach tournament 1-3 after losing to Carolina Forest 4-2 on Friday.
Elizabethton fell victim to the long ball as Carolina Forest homered the times. Back-to-back solo shots from Ryan Elko and Ryan Flynn staked them to a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
A two-run blast by Dylan Karnes extended it to 4-0 in the fourth.
The Cyclones were held scoreless until they broke loose for two runs in the seventh inning.
Conner Campbell and Jordan Hinshaw drew walks. Campbell scored on a throwing error after stealing third. A base hit by Quincy Jackson accounted for their second and final run.
Jackson finished the game going 3-for-3 to lead ’Betsy’s nine-hit attack. Campbell and Hinshaw were 1-for-2. Thomas Miller, Wes Montgomery and Anthony Ward all batted 1-for-3. Chad Pritchard had the other base hit.
Austin Smith went the distance on the mound for Elizabethton. Robert Gray picked up the win.
The Cyclones are now 8-5 on the year.
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C’lina Forest 020 200 x — 4 5 1
Smith and Miller. Gray and Karnes. W—Gray. L—Smith. HRs—CF, Karnes, Elko, Flynn.