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Crosby Silences Cavaliers Bats With Two Hitter, Colleton Prep Takes 1-0 Win To Even SCISA AA Series at One game Each

Crosby Silences Cavaliers Bats With Two Hitter, Colleton Prep Takes 1-0 Win To Even SCISA AA Series at One game Each  

By Billy G. Baker

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Walterboro—One day after losing 15-0 at Robert E. Lee (24-4) in the first game of the SCISA AA best-of-three championship baseball series Colleton Prep (19-4) defended their home turf with a 1-0 win over the Cavaliers to even the series at one win each and a neutral third game finale will be played on Thursday, possibly in the Orangeburg area.

Pitcher Jordan Crosby, who missed game one due to being ejected against Williamsburg Academy last week, tossed a two-hit shut-out in picking up the win. Colleton Prep head coach Cody Mincey has repeatedly defended Crosby saying he should have not been ejected from the game last week.

“He stepped up big tonight and I am just going to leave it at that,” said Coach Mincey after the big win. “He told me he was going to make an impact on the game and anyone in attendance tonight saw that in his performance.

“I stand by the fact that he got ejected for something he did not say last week,” said Coach Mincey. “I feel like when you feel like you were wrongly accused of something that it puts a little chip on your shoulder and it makes you come out here and really get after it. I am very proud of how he played and very proud of how the entire team responded to our poor showing in game one.”

Robert E. Lee pitcher Dustin Kennedy also performed well allowing three hits and striking out 9 batters.  Crosby fanned 10 Cavalier batters with wo walks.

“Our batters kept trying to lift the ball in the short park here instead of just taking level swings and making good contact with the ball,” said Robert E. Lee head coach David Rankin after the game. “It was a pitcher’s duel an I felt like both pitchers pitched well enough to win. There lone run was not earned I am sure of that. We made some errors tonight we do not usually make.”

Coach Rankin said Monday pitcher Austin Windham will be ready to go Thursday after throwing only 38 pitches in the 15-0-win Monday. “We could also use Jett Smith or Jenkins McCullum or a combination of all three, but we will not know until closer time to the game,” said Coach Rankin.  “We came down here tonight hoping to close it out and you have to tip your hat to them for playing just a little bit better then we played tonight. We will be focused on playing our best game of the season on Thursday night and it might just take that to pull out a win.”

The game was score-less until the CP 5th inning. Dawson Sweat led off with a deep ground ball in the hole that he might have beat out, but the ball sailed over the first baseman’s head and he ended up on second base. The next batter Brad Strickland laid down a perfect drag bunt down the first base line and he reached safely while moving Sweat over to third.  Then the pitcher over-threw first base on a pick-off move that scored Sweat for the only run of the game.

In the third inning the Cavaliers got a runner on via a dropped third strike when Keaton Price beat the throw down to first. Jet Smith walked, and the bases were loaded when Drew Watson was hit by pitch. Kennedy then hit a line drive to left field that looked like it had enough to leave the park for a grand slam, but talented sophomore outfielder Kyle Hooker literally reached over the fence for a great catch that ended the inning as CP fans stood and cheered his very athletic play.

Strickland seemed to get stronger on the mound as the game progressed. He struck out the last five Cavalier batters he faced. Catcher Pete Peters, Sweat, and Strickland were the top hitters for CP in the game with one hit each.

REL got a hit from Hunter McGee and a hit from Jet Smith in one of the least productive games of the season on offense for the 24-4 Cavaliers.

“I am really proud of Pete Peters coming to me earlier today and telling me he was feeling just fine to catch tonight,” said Coach Mincey. “He did a really good job behind the plate and he worked hard to get ready. He is a leader on this team.

“As far as pitchers for Thursday’s game we are either going with Brad Strickland, so he can have a chance to redeem himself for Monday night at Robert E. Lee, or we might use senior lefty Jesse Murtaugh who won the game at Williamsburg Academy last week,” said Coach Mincey. “Baseball is a game of moments and a game of momentum.

“You saw tonight what can happen when a team pitches well and plays good defense behind the pitcher and I am really proud of our guys,” said Coach Mincey. “Their pitcher tonight was one of the better pitchers we’ve seen all season.”  

Coach Rankin concluded, “We just need to hit the ball better with good level swings and play better defense.  We will be ready to play come Thursday I can assure you.”     


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