Mavs, Warriors run win streaks to 12
Weddington High's baseball won its 12th straight game and stayed perfect in Southern Carolina Conference play with a 6-2 victory over Parkwood on Wednesday night.
The Warriors (13-4, 8-0 SCC) were led by junior designated hitter Sean Collins, a Virginia commit who went 3-for-3 and hit a three-run homer to right field in the seventh.
The Rebels (2-13, 0-8 SCC) took a 2-1 lead in the second inning on Chris Beaver's two-run homer to left. It was the second time in as many days that Beaver unleashed the long ball.
Parkwood couldn't push across another run in the final four innings despite getting a runner on base in each inning from the fourth through the seventh.
Collins tied the game at 2-all by pushing across Jeremy Schellhorn with a one-out single for the Warriors' only earned run in the first five innings.
Alex Bostic scored the Warriors other two runs after reaching on errors in the first and fifth innings.
Virginia will use Collins as a pitcher, but an arm injury is keeping him off the mound so he's taking pride in his play at the plate.
He now has five home runs.
"Last year, I didn't hit at all. I was on the mound and that's where I helped the team," Collins said. "This year he (coach Travis Poole) has let me hit and I feel like I've done my part. Honestly, it's a shocker to me to be hitting it this well right now. I just feel like I'm seeing it."
Collins was the winning pitcher in the 3A state championship clincher a season.
He injured his throwing arm against Piedmont in the third game of the season, and it has kept him off the mound since.
"Not pitching has definitely helped me just to focus on the plate," Collins said. "This offseason I started seeing the ball better and worked on my swing. It has definitely helped out."
The Warriors have been forced to use inexperienced pitchers more than anticipated because of injuries.
But they've made up for it at the plate, averaging 10 runs during their 12-game winning streak.
"It feels great because right now we're swinging the bat well but we're definitely having our defensive struggles,' Collins said. "To be able to hit like this right now and really get the runs up helps a lot. We have to stay aggressive and make the routine plays and we'll be all right."
The Warriors will try to complete a sweep of the Rebels with a win at home Friday night, after defeating the Rebels 14-7 Tuesday.
Bostic led the Warriors on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with three RBI and a double.
Jeremy Schellhorn made the most of his only hit in the first game with a three-run homer and is 3-for-7 in the series with four RBI.
Landon Kay picked up the win on the mound in six innings of work with four strike outs.
Parkwood senior first baseman Danny Edwards went 2-for-3 on Tuesday, including a three-run home run.
Beaver was 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI while Zach Farmer and Scout McFalls each went 2-for-3.
Watts lights up Anson
Sun Valley's bats came alive in the second game of a three-game series with Anson, as the Spartans cruised to a 17-3 victory that ended in five innings.
Jordan Watts started on the mound and went four and two-thirds innings before giving up back-to-back hits to end his chance for a no-hitter.
Watts struck out 10, walked one and gave up one earned run, and he was even more impressive at the plate.
Watts went 4-for-5 with a double, triple, six RBI and three runs scored.
Nik Greenauer was also productive for SV, going 3-for-3 with four RBI and a run scored, while Nick Norton was 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run.
Kenny Palmer drew three walks, went 1-for-1 with a double and three runs scored.
The night before, the Spartans defeated Anson 7-4.
Norton picked up the win on Tuesday in six and a third innings of work. He gave up eight hits, three earned runs and struck out four.
Watts was hot on Tuesday as well. He had a 2-for-3 day at the plate with two RBI and a run scored.
Ryan Tapp was 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run and Austin Lingle was 2-for-3.
The Spartans complete the series with Anson at home on Friday, and will complete a four-game week against Ardrey Kell on Saturday starting at noon.
Marvin Ridge survives in extra inningPorter Ridge gave Marvin Ridge a scare, but the Mavericks scored for runs in the eighth inning to secure a 6-2 victory on the road.
The Mavs (15-2, 8-0 SCC) won their 12th straight game despite the effort of Pirates senior pitcher Drew Moore.
Moore went past a regular game for a high school pitcher, throwing 123 pitches over seven and two-thirds innings.
The Mavericks jumped on him early with two runs in the first, but it took more than six innings before they scored on him again.
Max Wotell drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning on the day he went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Wotell picked up the win on the mound in seven innings of work as he gave up four hits.
Aaron Pilkington picked up the save.
Zach Kuchmaner went 2-for-4 with a RBI for the Mavs while Derek Smith was 2-for-3.
Wotell hit a sixth-inning home run and Zach Kuchmaner went the distance on the mound as the Mavs downed Porter Ridge 5-2 on Tuesday.
Jake Sullivan led the Pirates with a 2-for-3 day and also had an RBI.
Zach Kuchmaner was the only Maverick with more than one hit on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Mavericks will look for the sweep at home on Friday.
Southern Carolina Conference
Marvin Ridge 5, Porter Ridge 2
Weddington 14, Parkwood 7
Sun Valley 7, Anson 4
Wednesday's resultsMarvin Ridge 6, Porter Ridge 2 (8 innings)
Weddington 6, Parkwood 2
Sun Valley 17, Anson 3
Porter Ridge at Marvin Ridge
Parkwood at Weddington
Anson at Sun Valley