Prep Baseball: Green Dragons sweep Bulldogs
For a second time this week, the Thomasville Bulldogs went down to West Davidson 10-0 in a shortened game due to the mercy rule.
Lefty Freeman hurled a two-hitter for the Green Dragons Thursday at Feezor Field, striking out 11 in his Central Carolina Conference debut on the hill. Thomasville pitcher Felix Fernandez fared well by striking out six, but errors and poor decisions by his teammates made it a tougher night for the right-hander that is slowly getting better with his location.
“Felix threw some strikes but we just did not make plays behind him,” said THS skipper David House. “Any time you give a team like West extra outs they are going to make you pay.”
Striking out the side in the first inning, Freeman helped his own cause as did many of his teammates. Boo Norman singled, stole second then came home on a Tyler Hunt single to center. Freeman ripped a pitch into the right field corner that easily scored Hunt, as Freeman slid into third with a triple. Jacob Gobble singled him in for a 3-0 cushion that is all West needed.
Another 1-2-3 inning in the second brought the Green Dragons to the plate looking for more. A walk and hit batsman set the table for two more runs. Chance Fortenberry singled in a run and a bases loaded walk tallied another to push the lead to five with one out. The threat ended when Fernandez struck out Gobble, then got Chandler Simmerson to ground out to short.
THS was ready to make some noise in the third, but Freeman silenced that threat soon after it started. Dewayne Taylor broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single to left. He stole second, but would remain on the bag for three straight outs. The Bulldogs went down with a flyout and two punchouts.
West added to the lead in the fourth, collecting four hits that contributed to four runs.
In the fifth the Bulldogs had another promising start to the frame with a solid double to left by Zack Anderson. He would be thrown out attempting to swipe third and the other two batters went down swinging.
West finished the night in the bottom half, getting the leadoff man aboard. The 10th run scored on a wild pitch.
“Lefty is a good pitcher, but we haven't had a lot of chances to hit a baseball with our field situation,” House said. “We do not get a chance to do a lot of work. What we get to do we try to work on defense. I was frustrated with some things that happened, but we are going try and keep getting better. That is all we can do.”
Eller, Hunt and Norman each had two hits for the 5-4, 2-0 Green Dragons. Thomasville drops to 0-2 in the CCC.