Prep Baseball: Thomasville roughed up by Eagles
Thomasville’s baseball team felt good about the progress they had made, winning in their last two outings. They left Finch Field Thursday afternoon realizing there is still a long way to go.
Former Yadkin Valley Conference opponent East Montgomery erupted for 15 runs in the second inning, to easily dispatch of the Bulldogs 20-2 in four innings.
The Eagles collected two runs in the first inning, both of them driven in by Hunter Stephens. Thomasville was dealt a second blow when top pitcher Joe Stanley exited with discomfort in his arm after Stephens’ hit. A good bat in the offensive lineup, Stanley would sit the remainder of the day with an ice pack.
“His elbow was bothering him pretty bad and he just said he couldn’t go,” said THS coach Stan Baranowski. “I thought it was best just to get him out and rest him.”
Dominick Hinson got the final two outs in the first inning, but a long and frustrating second inning awaited.
First, Thomasville got one of the runs back.
Hinson helped his cause with a double to the hill in left field. A sacrifice fly advanced him to third with two outs, then Zack Anderson sizzled a liner to center. The ball found grass and Hinson jogged home to cut the lead in half, 2-1.
East Montgomery’s response was swift and lengthy. Sending 20 men to the plate, the Eagles scored 15 times to open up a 17-1 advantage. Hinson made it through six batters before being lifted. He gave the ball to Felix Fernandez, who turned out to be a sacrificial lamb of sorts in an effort to save some arms. He pitched the remainder of the game, giving up 13 runs.
Thomasville’s other run came in the bottom of the third on an Anderson bloop single.
“They are playing together as a team as opposed to years past,” said Baranowski. “We were not competitive today, but with conference starting next week hopefully this will light a fire under them.”