Fort Mill Times

Win snaps streak

Nation Ford is hoping a win over South Pointe will propel the Falcons out of their recent slump.

In a total team effort, Nation Ford's baseball team beat South Pointe 7-5 on Good Friday to improve to 4-8 overall and 2-5 on the year.

"It's a big, big win," said head coach Dell Corley. "We needed it."

Junior Kent Peterson improved to 2-0 and sophomore Nick Agrawal picked up the save.

Coming into the game, Nation Ford had dropped five straight.

"We didn't want to accept that," Corley said. "We need to learn to win. They (the team) are starting to take care of the little things. We have come a long way."

Nation Ford broke the game open in the sixth inning, scoring three runs in a 4-3 game to take the lead 6-4. Eighth-grader Kyle Whitman hit a home run and had a key single in the seventh inning to give the Falcons some insurance. He went 3-4 in the game.

Sophomore Ben Boykin went 3-3 with a double. Freshman Shell McCain added a double as well and sophomore Spencer Yarnell went 2-5.

Earlier in the week, the team lost a close game to Clover 8-6, in which the Falcons made six errors that killed their chances for a win.

Juniors Cody Johnson and Steve Simpson both went 2-4 with Johnson hitting a double. Peterson also added a double in the game as freshman Austin Hick got the loss on the mound.

Just to show how far they came in a week's time against York, the Falcons experienced two more firsts. It was the first game they suffered a shutout and worse, they were also no-hit in the 9-0 loss.

Corley had talked to his team about cutting down on the errors going into the South Pointe game.

"I want them to always compete and not beat ourselves," he said.

Nation Ford faces a big week as they take on three more Region III opponents, including its rematch with Fort Mill at Nation Ford.

Upcoming games.

• March 27 vs. Fort Mill, 6:30 p.m.

• April 1 at Rock Hill,

6 p.m.

• April 3 at Northwestern,

6 p.m.