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Nation Ford, Fort Mill heading in different directions

Nation Fords pitcher Drake Durham (55) faces a first inning Fort Mill batter.
Nation Fords pitcher Drake Durham (55) faces a first inning Fort Mill batter. Fort Mill Times

The Nation Ford and Fort Mill baseball teams are heading in opposite directions this season.

The Falcons are at 5-4 on the season, while the Yellow Jackets struggle with a 2-7 record through the same stretch. Fort Mill did find a bright spot last week with a 7-1 win over rival Nations Ford.

Fort Mill was led by Logan Stone, who threw a complete game, four-hitting the Falcons while allowing just one run on three strikeouts and two walks.

“We had a great effort on the mound,” said Fort Mill head coach Brad Mercer. “We threw the ball well. This is big for us. This is important to us to have a great team effort. We finally put all three phases of the game together.”

Fort Mill was led at the plate by Kobie MacKinnon, who went 3-5 with a triple and three RBI and Jack Corkery and Joey Tepper, both of who went 2-4.

Nation Ford head coach Stas Swerdzewski tipped his hat to Fort Mill and Stone on their performance.

“We didn’t do much good at all,” he said. “I don’t know what it was, we just didn’t play well. Stone pitched a good game.”

The Falcons were led by Jordan Helms and Timmy Lehman. Both went 1-3 in the game.

Later in the week, Fort Mill had let downs against Cuthbertson, in a 3-0 loss where it just managed three hits, and then in a 9-3 Region III-4A loss to Rock Hill.

“They did a good job of putting pressure on us,” Mercer said, of Rock Hill. “We struggled to put up runs.”

Nation Ford was able to bounce back later in the week against Gaffney, winning a slugfest 13-10, but then fell to York 2-1 after getting just three hits. Nation Ford is 2-2 in region play, while Fort Mill is 1-3.

Up next for the Falcons are three road games at Lugoff-Elgin, Clover and Rock Hill heading into spring break. Fort Mil plays Clover at home and then Northwestern and Gaffney on the road before the break.

Mac Banks: mbanks@comporium.net, @MacBanksFM

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