A win worth bragging about
Cuthbertson High did not leave its first three-game series of Southern Carolina Conference action empty handed.
The Cavaliers outslugged Weddington for an 8-6 home victory on Friday afternoon after dropping a pair of one-run games earlier in the week.
The Cavaliers (5-4, 1-2 SCC) leaned on their offense early and the pitching of Tyler Hobensack late to reverse their fortunes against WHS (4-2, 2-1 SCC).
The Cavs overcame four errors over the first three innings that allowed six runs to score on just two hits.
It was Callen Nuccio's three-RBI double to right center that pushed the Cavaliers to a 5-3 lead. Nuccio scored one out later on a single by Bailey Connell, who finished 2-for-4 on the day.
"We've played incredible teams over the last two weeks," Cavaliers coach Travis Little said. "Some we've beat, some we've lost to by one run. Today the big difference, though, was the bats coming through at the right moments. Tyler (Hobensack) having three pitches today being able to keep them at bay really helped us. Him keeping us in there was a difference maker."
Hobensack started and kept the Warriors off balance most of the game.
Hobensack gave up four hits in the complete game victory; he struck out four batters and walked two.
"It feels great," Hobensack said of the victory. "They've won back-to-back state championships. It just feels great to take one from them. It's big because now we feel good after the win."
Hobensack had command of all three pitches, and Little was pleased with his grit.
"Tyler is a low-80s guy with a decent breaking ball but, in my opinion, when he's on his best pitch is his changeup," Little said. "It speeds his fastball up. It's about a minus-10 changeup. So when he has that he can be really effective. When he has that changeup on we have a chance to win every time."
Hobensack leaned on the changeup against the Warriors, who rarely could figure out the pitch.
"I feel like I can throw that well against anybody now," he said.
The Cavaliers needed the victory to keep pace for a chance at a playoff spot. Now they face Sun Valley (2-5, 0-3 SCC).
A sweep of next week's series would put the Cavs right in the thick of the playoff race.
"We were a little sloppy today but if we can go in there with the same intensity that we brought against Weddington, Ardrey Kell and Fort Mill, I feel good about it," Little said of the upcoming series. "It would be really important to take all of those games if we could."
Nuccio finished 2-for-4 for the Cavs with a run scored.
Freshman Sam Mennitt, the son of Marvin Ridge head baseball coach Mark Mennitt, was 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored Friday.
John Conte went hitless in the final game of the series for the Warriors but scored twice after reaching on errors.
Daniel Calabretta finished the series 6-for-10 at the plate after a 2-for-4 day with two doubles and two runs.
The Warriors may suffered a devastating injury to their starting rotation as Landon Kay injured his right ankle running to first in the top of the fifth.
Kay was taken from the field with his ankle heavily wrapped.
The two-time defending state champion Warriors go into a three-game series with defending 2A state champion Piedmont next week.