Pirates edge Parkwood in extras
ROUGHEDGE — Porter Ridge High's baseball team improved to 4-0 in Southern Carolina Conference play with a 2-1 victory in eight innings at Parkwood Monday night.
Tyler Andes drove in the first runs of the game in the top of the eighth when he sent the first pitch of his at-bat high over the left field wall.
The Pirates (6-3, 4-0 SCC) got a one-out single from senior Chase Shuford, who started the game on the mound, before Andes came up one-out later and hit the decisive two-run homer.
Andes had led off the seventh inning with a line drive to center that was caught on the slide by Rebels (2-7, 0-4 SCC) freshman center fielder Scout McFalls. Andes felt good about the contact he had made and felt he could duplicate it.
"I was looking fastball, that's the first thing I look for especially against a new pitcher like that," he said. "He wasn't really throwing the ball hard, so fastball," Andes said. "I felt like I had very good contact on the one I hit to center field. I felt very strong when I came up to hit again."
With the wind blowing out to left once the ball got up in the air it carried well over the raised wall.
"It feels pretty great," he said. "I've never done it before."
Tucker Bartley came on in relief of Shuford in the seventh and got the win.
Shuford gave up three hits — all singles to Rebels first baseman Danny Edwards — and overcame two errors, two walks and a hit batter to keep the game scoreless.
Shuford struck out five batters, including the side in the first.
Bartley came in after Shuford walked his third batter of the night to lead off the seventh.
A sacrifice bunt by JT Dunn moved Damien Patterson to second and a wild pitch put the potential winning run on third with one out.
Bartley got a groundout to short with the infield in for the second out and a pop out to second for the third to escape the danger.
"You could tell the cold weather played a factor as we kicked the ball around a little bit," Pirates coach Trey Staviski said. "As far as pitching I couldn't ask for more out of Chase (Shuford) and Tucker Bartley. When you get pitchers that throw seven scoreless innings, they've done their job. Luckily, Tyler Andes came up and got that big home run hit and helped Chase and Tucker out."
The Rebels made a final push.
McFalls led off the bottom of the eighth with single, stole a base and scored with two outs on Edwards' fourth hit of the night.
The Rebels couldn't get the help from there as the Pirates took the first of the three-game series.
The Pirates struggled against Parkwood sophomore starter Jess Gainey, mustering just three hits over the first seven innings.
It was a big swing from last week's series with Anson, when the Pirates outscored the Bearcats 35-4 in three wins.
"We didn't hit real well today," Staviski said. "We struck out too many times, our approach at the plate wasn't the best. We just need to work on that and fix that."
The Pirates and Rebels faced off again Tuesday at Porter Ridge and will wrap up the series Thursday back at Parkwood.