Sometimes baseball really doesn’t matter that much. Those were the thoughts of Lewisville coach Billy Keels after two of his players ended up in the hospital Thursday night during the Lions’ 7-2 win over the visiting Williston-Elko in a first round playoff game.
Second baseman Nathan Turner and right fielder John Robbins collided with two outs while chasing a pop fly in shallow right. Robbins’ head appeared to hit Turner’s knee and he lay motionless for several minutes. Keels immediately yelled to call for an ambulance and Robbins was eventually wheeled off the field. Turner was able to get up but visited the hospital as well. Keels did not know the two players’ condition immediately following the game.
“That was scary,” Keels said. “It was like football without pads on. I hope they are going to be okay. Kind of makes you think baseball is not that important, but you’ve still got to come back together as a team and then you say ‘let’s win it for them.’”
The Lions responded as senior Christian Cok struck out the next batter looking with two men on to end the inning. Lewisville scored three in the home half as Cok singled and Evan Sisk walked to set the table for Denver Mosley’s two-out, two-RBI double off the left-fielder’s glove near the fence. An error by the centerfielder on Austin Bradshaw’s fly ball allowed Mosley to score and make it 3-0.
Cok pitched two innings and allowed no runs on two hits while striking out three and walking one. Bradshaw came in and went the final five frames and allowed only four hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked three.
“We had to regroup and get ourselves together (after the collision),” Bradshaw said. “It was tough at first but when you’ve got a lead like that (after the second) there’s not really any pressure.”
Lewisville got another big two-out, two-RBI double in the second from Holden Reynolds. An error by the second baseman scored a run and kept that inning alive, and Reynolds made the Blue Devils pay with a shot to right-center to make it 6-0. The Blue Devils scratched out a run in the third and in the sixth but never seriously threatened the Lions. Coach Keels got 19 players into the ballgame. Javion Dickerson, who took Robbins’ place, singled in the fourth and scored on Tate Stevens’ groundout to second to finish the scoring. Dickerson was 2-for-3.
“I like to reward the kids that don’t play a lot when I have the opportunity,” Keels said. “And it don’t matter whether you win 7-2 or 17-2.”
Lewisville will play Southside Christian Saturday at 1 p.m.
“The thing about Saturday is can we have a good practice and get ready to play after what happened to two of our brothers,” said Keels.
Lewisville 7, Williston-Elko 2
Christian Cok and Austin Bradshaw. J.C. Wood. WP - Cok. LP - Wood. 2B - Denver Mosley, Holden Reynolds, Bradshaw (Lew). Dalton Mundy (W-E). Leading hitters: Lew - Reynolds 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Mosley 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R; Drew Colvin 1-1, 2B; Javion Dickerson 2-3, R. W-E - Diamelle Sanders 2-4, Kaleb Everson 2 BB, R; Mundy 2-3, BB, 2B, RBI. Records: Lewisville 20-5; Williston-Elko 8-7.
Chloe Thomas came on to pitch in the middle of the first and allowed only one hit and no runs the rest of the way to move to 10-0 on the year. She struck out five and walked one. Logan Miller was 3-for-4 for Lewisville and Autumn Jordan was 1-for-2 with an RBI sacrifice and a triple. The Lions move to 22-2 on the year and will host Tamassee-Salem, which defeated Southside Christian 3-1, on Saturday.
Lewisville 12 Blackville-Hilda 2
HITTING Lewisville: Logan Miller 3-4, Autumn Jordan 1-2 RBI sac. Blackville Hilda: Kristin Seiglar 1-2, Kensha Statley 1-2 2RBIs, Melody Birt 1-2. 2B; LHS- Tamya Davis 3B: Atutmn Jordan
WP Chloe Thomas (10-0) 1 H, 5 K, 1 BB
RECORDS Lewisville: 22-2, Blackville-Hilda: 8-7.