New Brockton’s late scoring leads to loss for Straughn

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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Straughn took a two-run lead into the fifth inning against New Brockton, but was not able to hold off a late-game offensive surge by the Generals, falling 11-6, on Monday.

New Brockton took the first lead of the game in the top of the third inning. Dawson Peacock doubled driving in a run and a fielding error led to another score, putting the Gamecocks up 2-0.

Straughn struck back in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Ashberry singled to start the inning. Clark Gay followed with a line-drive double, but Ashberry was called out at home plate. Taylor Sikes hit a grounder that was misplayed by New Brockton, putting runners at the corners for Straughn. Kaden Wiggins followed with a single, driving in Gay for the Tigers’ first run of the game. After a strike-out, Layne Grantham put Straughn up 4-2 with one swing, hitting a three-run homer over the left field fence.

New Brockton showed some clutch hitting in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs to go back on top, 5-4.

From there, most of the offense came from the Gamecocks as they scored three runs in each of the last three innings.

Straughn did keep the game close, scoring two runs in the sixth inning on a two-run double off the bat of Saxby Radford, making the score 8-6. But, the Gamecocks finished off the Tigers when Joshua Gutierrez knocked a homerun to centerfield in the top of the seventh.

The Tigers hit three consecutive fly balls in the bottom of the final inning to end the game on the short side of an 11-6 score.

Ryan Cobb got the start for Straughn, pitching 5 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits, five earned runs while striking out 11 batters.

Grantham led the Straughn offense with three RBIs on one hit. Radford and Wiggins each had two hits for Straughn.

With the loss, Straughn drops to a 4-4 record. The team travels to take on Luverne on Friday, March 1, at 6 p.m.