After Friday night’s 7-3 win over Clover, Rock Hill head coach Dell Corley said his team needed to get better at finishing. Monday night the Bearcats again had a little trouble landing the knockout punch after being up 5-0 early, but they did not allow a run after the fourth inning to record a 7-4 decision over rival South Pointe at home.
“None of them are easy,” Corley said. “I told them we’ve got to learn to continue. South Pointe is young but they are going to come play hard. We better correct some things before we go around this region a second time or it will cost us.”
Rock Hill seemed to be trying to land the kill shot in the first inning. The Bearcats batted around and the top five men in the order scored. Caleb Hamilton and Cody Edkins both had solid base hits up the middle and Hamilton scored on Edkins’ hit after stealing second base. The throw home was high, and Edkins went to second.
Zach Carter walked and Chase Watts lined a double to right-centerfield that got just over the second baseman’s glove to score Edkins. A wild pitch plated Carter, Will Reid walked and another wild pitch brought Watts home.
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Reid came home on Brandon Banks’ sacrifice fly to right, and the Bearcats looked to be in for smooth sailing up 5-0 against the young Stallions.
Isaac Rodgers started and pitched a complete game for Rock Hill. He sat down the first six batters he faced, including striking out the side in the second. However, his defense would fail him a little and open the door for South Pointe.
In the third, Kyle Dills led off with an infield single to short. The throw was a little high and he beat it as the first baseman had to come off the bag to get it. One out later, another infield hit by freshman Bo Taylor was followed by a walk to Josh Massey.
With the bases loaded, Chris Beamguard popped foul to first, but Conner Edkins fell making the catch and his throw home to get the tagging Dills one-hopped the catcher and got away. With runners on second and third, Rodgers got Wade Hopper to ground to second but the ball went between Wes Bostic’s legs to allow two runs to score and make it 5-3.
With two outs in the fourth, three straight singles, the last by Taylor that hit second base and scored Dills, cut the lead to 5-4.
In the bottom of the inning, Rock Hill hit with two outs. Reid’s long double to the left field corner scored Watts, who had singled, to make it 6-4. Conner Edkins and Bryon Foust had base hits in the fifth, and Carter’s single to right scored Edkins for what would be the final 7-4 margin. Rodgers got out of two-out, two-on trouble in both the sixth and seventh to finish things off. He only allowed two earned runs and struck out five with two walks. Chris Beamguard came on in the second for the Stallions and pitched five innings, only allowing two runs.
Watts was 3-for-4 for the Bearcats with an RBI and Cody Edkins was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Reid walked twice in addition to his RBI double and Conner Edkins had a base hit, a sacrifice bunt and a walk. Dills was 3-for-3 for South Pointe and Taylor was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Rock Hill 7 South Pointe 4
Isaac Rodgers. Austin Harrigan and Chris Beamguard. WP - Rodgers 3-0. LP - Harrigan. 2B - Chase Watts, Will Reid (RH). Leading hitters: RH - Watts 3-4, 2B, RBI; Cody Edkins 2-3, BB, RBI; Reid 1-2, 2B, 2 BB, RBI, Conner Edkins 1-1, BB; Bryon Foust 1-2, BB. SP - Kyle Dills 3-3; Bo Taylor 2-3, RBI. Records: Rock Hill 8-2, 4-1 Region 3-AAAA; South Pointe 1-3 Region 3-AAAA.