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Laurence Manning Breaks Open Close Game With 7 Run Out-burst in 6th Inning To Beat Manning 9-3 Wednesday Night

Laurence Manning Breaks Open Close Game With 7 Run Out-burst in 6th Inning To Beat Manning 9-3 Wednesday Night

By Billy G. Baker


ManningLaurence Manning Academy (4-0) broke open a tightly contested 2-2 game after five innings against city rival Manning High Wednesday night before a seven run out-burst in the bottom of the sixth carried the Swampcats to a 9-3 win.

After the game LMA assistant coach Russ Jordan was pleased with a team that is undefeated after four games, despite coming into the season needing to replace 8 starters from a talented team last year. “We have a lot of younger guys who have waited their turn to start and they have bought into what we are trying to do and right now we are executing really well on offense,” said Coach Jordan.

Utility performer and ace pitcher Andrew Boyd is the lone returning starter for the Swampcats. New starters Aaron Carlton and Britton Morris bat 3-4 in the LMA lineup and both have power to all fields. To date center fielder Brewer Brunson, Boyd and Carlton along with shortstop Chase Lee are all batting .400 or better for the Swampcats.  

“We know we have to keep working hard and improving because once the playoffs start we know from last season just how hard it will be to play against teams like Cardinal Newman,” said Coach Jordan. “We are excited about how the younger players have stepped us so far this season. It has been a real team effort.”     

Manning had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Jack Owens led off the game with a double but was picked off for the first out. Then Matthew Burgress drew a walk and Trevin Harrison reached on a fielder’s choice. Chris Livingston walked and then starting pitcher Chandler Evans drilled a double scoring Harrison and Livingston and giving the visitors an early 2-0 lead.

LMA plated one run in the second and third innings respectively to knot the score at two. Andrew Boyd reached on a two-out single in the second and a deep single by junior Chase Lee scored the speedy Boyd all the way from first base. Evans suffered a mild back injury after pitching two solid innings and he was relieved by Landon McDaniel to start the third inning and he worked the final four innings suffering the loss.

In the LMA third inning Brewer Brunson reached on a single and later scored on an RBI single by Aaron Carlton. There were no runs scored by either team in the 4th and 5th innings as both pitchers settled in behind good defensive play. Starting pitcher Jake Jordan worked five innings striking out six batters and giving up two earned runs. Buddy Gales came on in relief for LMA over the final two innings and he fanned three and gave up one run.

In the bottom of the 6th inning the Swampcats sent 11 batters to the plate, collecting five hits along with two walks to push across seven runs. The big hits in the uprising came on a stand-up double by Boyd, a single by Lee that put runners on first and third with one out and then with Seth Stamps at the plate the catcher over-threw second base scoring Boyd and moving Lee to second. Stamps drew a walk and two batters later Burgress Jordan walked.

A two base throwing error scored Lee from second. After Carlton reached on a walk Britton Morris reached on a single that plated courtesy runner Kyle Horton. Then a double by Jordan brought in two more runs to make the score 8-2.  J.T. Stanley, who had led off the inning, then singled in Jordan to give LMA a commanding 9-2 lead.

Manning came back in the top of the 7th and scored a run off a Landon McDaniel lead off walk and a ripped double down the first base line by Owens that scored McDaniel for the Monarchs final run of the game.

Manning head coach Justin Gandy commented after the game, “Unfortunately when Chandler went out with his back issue it alternated our game plan big time,” said Coach Gandy.  “He’s a quality guy headed to Limestone to play and I hated it for him that he had to leave the game.  We have a lot of baseball left to play and we didn’t want to take any chances keeping him in the game after he hurt his back in the second dinning.

“We just have to keep grinding it out one inning at a time and one game at a time,” said Coach Gandy. “When you are in a region with teams Bishop England, Hanahan, and Waccamaw you earn everything you get for sure.  We have to battle hard with a strong goal of making the playoffs”

For the game LMA had 8 hits, drew seven walks, and they took advantage of five Monarch errors. Manning had four hits Boyd and Lee led the Swampcats hit index with two hits each. Manning got two hits from Owens.

Manning (3-2) will play Bishop England this Friday while LMA plays Williamsburg Academy at 6:30 on Saturday.

Publishes Note:  The HSSR extends sincere condolences to LMA head coach Barry Hatfield and his family for the loss of his father the day before the game with Manning.  

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