Saints use long ball to down Snead State
Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 24, 2018
The LBWCC Saints’ baseball team picked up a pair of wins on Friday afternoon over Snead State.
SNEAD STATE 3
In the opening game of the doubleheader, the Saints powered past Snead State for a 7-3 victory.
Garrett Hollinghead ran into trouble in the opening frame after two errors and a walk loaded the bases for Snead State with no outs.
Hollinghead didn’t let it faze him as he struck out the next batter and then got the following batter to ground into a double play.
The Saints took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jesse Hall launched home run off the scoreboard in the left center.
To start the bottom of the second inning, Trevor Shelton ripped the first pitch he saw over the center field fence to put the Saints up 2-0.
Bryson Gandy got things rolling in the bottom of the third inning when he leadoff with a double and moved to third on a bunt single from Ko Powell.
Hall then lifted a ball to center that allowed Gandy to score.
Snead State got two runs back with solo home runs in the both the fourth and fifth innings.
Gandy started the bottom of the fifth with a single and moved up to second when the center fielder bobbled the ball.
Powell followed with a walk and then two batters later Matthew Christian launched a three-run home run to give LBWCC a 6-2 lead heading into the sixth inning.
The ball continued to leave the park on a regular basis as Snead State got another solo home run in the top of the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Gandy reached with a two-out single and went to third on a single from Powell.
From there, Gandy took advantage of a wild pitch as he raced home to put the Saints up 7-3.
Micah McCaskill got the first Snead State batter to fly out to Gandy in center in the top of the seventh.
McCaskill then proceeded to strike out the next two batters to give the Saints a 7-3 win.
Gandy finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
Christian finished with three RBIs, Hall had two and Shelton had one.
SNEAD STATE 2
In the final game of the double header, the Saints poured on the runs to defeat Snead State 12-2.
The Saints fell behind 2-0 in the top of the third inning, but rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Saints added three more runs.
The Saints capped off the win with a six-run sixth inning to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule.
Hall finished with four RBIs and one home run.
Christian had two RBIs and one home run.