Ardrey Kell pulls away from WHS, 10-4
Ardrey kell spoiled the home opener for the defending 3A state champion Weddington High Warriors baseball team on Monday.
The Knights rallied for a 10-4 victory, evening both team's records at 1-1.
Trailing 4-3 after five innings, Ardrey Kell scored seven unanswered runs in the final two innings.
"We played a very good, well-coached baseball team," Warriors coach Travis Poole said. "We saw three good arms. For us, I thought we had a good approach at the plate and did some things well. We didn't play very clean and we talk about that a lot. We have to play clean to have a chance and that's what I don't think we did a very good job of tonight."
The Warriors committed three errors on the night.
Weddington had already made a comeback from down 3-1 deficit and held a 4-3 lead going into the sixth inning when the wheels came off.
Senior first baseman Jeremy Schellhorn tied the game 1-all on the first pitch in the bottom of the second inning when he launched a fastball over the left field fence. Schellhorn, a Charlotte 49ers signee, finished 2-for-3.
Schellhorn picked up his second RBI with a single in the fourth that scored Alex Bostic to pull WHS to within 3-2.
The Warriors tied the game on Bostic's RBI double in the fifth that scored Chris Simpson from second. The Knights decided to intentioinally walk Schellhorn to load the bases, and Sean Collins then drew an RBI walk that brought Daniel Callabretta home.
Brandon Donahue picked up the win relief for the Knights while Warrior pitcher Josh Islom took the loss in relief.
The Warriors will have to recover quickly from the tough outing with an away game at Piedmont Wednesday night (6:00).
"The big thing we have to do as a team is what we always talk about: have a good approach at the plate, play clean, go after hitters and let the game take care of itsself," Poole said of facing the traditionally successful Panthers. "We have to make timely hits. We have to make defensive plays."
The Warriors are awaiting the return of star pitcher and Clemson signee Alex Bostic, who was the designated hitter against the Knights and went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored.
"You won't see Bostic for a while," Poole said. "He'll be back when he is ready. He's going through some rehab right now. He's throwing his flat grounds and his bullpens. We'll just wait and see when he is ready to roll."