Two four-run innings by the South Pointe Stallions propelled them to a 13-9 win over the Rock Hill Bearcats on the diamond.
Rock Hill struggledfor most of the game until the final inning.
Things started to fall apart for the Bearcats in the third inning as Stallions’ third baseman Nick Robbins led off with a double. Robbins would eventually score on an error by the Bearcats’ left fielder Will Reid, as he and centerfielder Chase Watts let a fly ball drop between them. South Pointe shortstop Jacob Midkiff then ripped a double down the third base line to score two more runs before Rock Hill starter Isaac Rodgers would be replaced.
Rodgers lasted two and two-third innings, allowing five runs on four hits, which included two doubles and a triple by the Stallions. He struck out one and walked one in the short outing.
Midkiff would score two batters later on a RBI single from designated hitter Colby Robbins, before the Bearcats were able to settle down and get out of the inning.
In the sixth inning, South Pointe scored four more runs off four more hits and a Rock Hill error to put the game out of reach.
The Stallions’ Colby Robbins doubled in the inning driving in Midkiff and leftfielder Jacob Carrington, both of whom hit singles in the inning; as did catcher Will Robbins.
Stallions head coach Jason Terry said South Pointe’s bats have been hot all season, thanks to new hitting coach Ashley Farr.
“We started the season hot,” Terry said. “The amount of hitting drills he has brought to the program is tremendous. I try to surround myself with quality guys.”
Leading hitters for South Pointe were Midkiff, who went 2-4 with three RBI and Colby Robbins, who went 3-5 with three RBI.
Rock Hill didn’t go quietly, scoring seven runs in the seventh inning all with two outs. The Bearcats rattled off six straight hits, including a two-run home run by catcher Ethan Neely, as Rock Hill batted around in the inning. Leading the way was Neely, who went 2-4 with three RBI, and Tad Martin, who went 4-4 with two RBI.
Rock Hill got on the board in the bottom of the third as Neely tripled in Watts, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
The surge by the Bearcats got to South Pointe starter Ethan Hinson, as he walked the next two batters to load the bases. However, the Stallions defense was there to gobble up ground balls and get South Pointe out of the inning.
Despite some ups and downs throughout the game, Hinson went five and two-third innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked seven Bearcat batters.
The Stallions added another run in the fourth inning, as Carrington singled in centerfielder Ian Hinson, who walked earlier in the inning and stole second base.
South Pointe also added three runs in the top of the seventh with four hits, all singles.
Rock Hill scored in the sixth inning on two hits and a Stallions error. The Bearcats would have their chances to score throughout the game, as they stranded 10 men on base.
South Pointe struck first, as Ian Hinson opened the game up with a leadoff, stand-up triple. He was driven in by the next batter, Carrington, with a sacrifice.
Rock Hill threatened to score in the bottom of the first, as Martin led off the Bearcats’ half of the inning with a single. He eventually moved to third and was called out at home on a delayed double steal.
Ethan Hinson, Chris Beamguard (6), Josh Massey (7) and Will Robbins (SP); Isaac Rodgers, Cody Edkins (3) Stephen Zajac (6) and Ethan Neely (RH). W – Hinson 1-0, L – Rodgers 0-1.
2B – Nick Robbins (SP) 2, Jacob Midkiff (SP), Tad Martin (RH). 3B – Ian Hinson (SP), Ethan Neely (RH). HR – Ethan Neely (RH). LOB: South Pointe 9, Rock Hill 8.
Records: South Pointe 13-2, Rock Hill 6-9.