CLOVER -- The Northwestern Trojans pushed across three runs in the fourth inning and held on to defeat Clover 6-2 Friday night, snapping the Blue Eagles' four-game winning streak.
Both Clover runs came via the long ball, with Khris Thompson and Garrett Duke belting solo homers.
"We weren't able to hit the ball like we needed to with runners on base," head coach Darrell VanDyke said after the game. "We had the two homers but needed more key hits."
VanDyke said Northwestern's 3-run fourth was the turning point in the game.
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Earlier in the week, the Blue Eagles defeated Fort Mill 5-4 in nine innings, extending the team's winning streak to four.
Chaztin Venezia picked up the win for Clover and Thompson provided the offensive punch with three hits, including a pair of doubles.
In assessing the season to date, including the early-season winning streak, VanDyke said solid pitching and timely hitting have contributed to the team's success.
"These kids play hard and practice hard everyday," the CHS coach said. "They come ready to play on gameday.
"We want to continue to improve our standing in the region and be in a position to make a move the second round of region play."
Junior pitching ace Evan Jackson believes the Blue Eagles can become a force in the region.
"We need to play as a team and take the games one at a time," noted Jackson. "The key is continued hard work and remain focused."
Jackson agrees with his coach that timely hitting contributed to the team's winning streak and looks for more of the same.
The Blue Eagles travel to Gaffney Thursday for a 6 p. m. game. The next game is Monday at home against Chester followed by a Tuesday game at rival York. The Monday and Tuesday games have 7 p. m. starting times.