Norred lifts Warriors into SCC title game
Davis Norred sent a bases-loaded line drive into left field for a walk-off single in the ninth inning that lifted the Weddington Warriors to a 3-2 victory over Sun Valley and into today's Southern Carolina Conference tournament title game against top-seeded Marvin Ridge.
Sun Valley (12-14) starting pitcher Ryan Tapp battled it out with Warriors (17-8) junior Sean Collins for five innings, and neither could get the upper hand as they each left the mound with the game tied at 2.
"I thought Sun Valley played very well today," said Weddington's Travis Poole, who coached his team to the 3A state title last season. "I thought (Ryan) Tapp did a great job. I didn't think we did some things very well. I don't think we executed some things that we needed to. At times we just struggled a little bit. Tip your caps to those guys, they battled and played really well."
Collins gave up a run in each of the first two innings.
Austin Lingle scored on Nick Norton's single to left for a 1-0 lead that was the last of three straight base hits by the Spartans.
Tapp scored on a fielder's choice by Lingle for a 2-0 lead in the top of the second before Collins settled down.
Collins, a Virginia commit, allowed just one hit over his final four innings of work after giving up four over the first two innings.
"He's coming back," said Poole of Collins, who missed several starts with an arm injury. "That's his second outing and we're trying to get him some work in. Get him ready for the playoffs."
The Warriors only racked up two hits on Tapp but recorded six walks.
Weddington went to Josh Islam to start the seventh inning and he reeled off three perfect innings.
Sun Valley went to Norton to start the sixth and he worked out of a bases-loaded jam.
Norton gave up one hit over the seventh and eighth innings but got in trouble in the ninth when Alex Bostic (2-for-3 with two walks) and Jeremy Schellhorn (2-for-4) opened with singles to left.
After a strike out for the first out and a first pitch in the dirt to Collins that allowed the runners to move to second and third, the Spartans chose to intentionally walk Collins to load the bases.
Norton then struck out Islam on three pitches for out number two. Norred then delivered the game-winning RBI on the next pitch.
but his next pitch would be the end as Norred found the gap.
The Warriors set up a showdown with top seed Marvin Ridge and coach Poole had a very simple explanation for what his team must do to win.
"We have to swing it a little better."