Monday, April 21, 2014
Fayette County jumps on Sandy Creek 12-3
By Jimmie Haywood
(Photo by Michael Clifton / www.kombatkamera.com)
The Fayette County Tigers baseball team took a break from their Spring Break to send Sandy Creek to its eighth consecutive loss following a 12-3 thumping on Wednesday.
“The team played well and they stayed focused for most of the game,’ said Fayette County coach Frank Dixon, whose team improved to a game below .500 at 7-8. “What we need is a complete game of seven innings of focus and when we get that we can compete with anybody."
The Patriots losing streak began with a 15-6 fall to the Tigers back in March and this game, much like that game, was closer than the final score would make it seem. Sandy Creek also had to play without two of its best players because of a death in the family.
The Tigers struck first in the top of the first inning after Alex Adorno’s single scored a runner. In the top of the second nursing a 1-0 lead, the Tigers added three more runs courtesy of an RBI double by Kameron Barlow and a single by Jordan Coleman that brought home two runners to make the Tigers lead 4-0.
The game looked like it was headed toward a run-rule final in favor of Fayette County until the Patriots bats came to life in the bottom of the fourth inning where they scored three runs to pulled within a run.
However, it would be the Tigers that would have the last laugh as they scored a run in the following inning and ripped off four more in the sixth before closing the game out with three runs in the seventh. Fayette County finished with 12 hits for the game.
“They got a whole lot of things to get better at,” said Sandy Creek coach David Cooper, whose team dropped to 3-12 on the year. “You can’t win baseball games not making routine plays. You’ve got to hit the ball when you have opportunities too, especially when you get a chance against a pitcher that you feel like you should hit.”
Tigers pitcher Jacob Spruill went the distance to pick up the win, which gave Fayette County its second series sweep over Sandy Creek since 2005.
“We have to forget this game and go into the next one like its the first game of the season," Dixon said.
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