Prep Baseball: East blanks Ledford, 4-0
Expectations are high for East Davidson’s baseball program in 2013, and so far they are living up to the hype.
Ledford became their latest victim on the young season Monday, getting shutout 4-0 on a blustery day at Gary Hinkle Field. East got two hits each from Tyler Stroup and Ryan McIntire in improving to 5-1. McIntire moved to 2-0 on the hill and Nathan Campbell added two RBIs.
The Golden Eagles scored the winning run in the second inning that started with a pair of singles from McIntire and Braxton Shetley. Josh Craven bunted them over, then courtesy runner Kelvin Peña rushed home on a passed ball.
LHS had a prime opportunity to erase the 1-0 deficit in the bottom half, but came away empty. Michael Horrell hit a leadoff single to start the inning. Two consecutive errors on sacrifice bunts by the corner infielders had the bases loaded with no outs. McIntire somehow found a way to escape. He struck out one, then fielded a grounder back to the mound and fired home for the force. Austin Stilley grounded out to first base for the final out.
“I was not overly pleased that we were right there to make the plays defensively and booted them,” said EDHS coach Dan Tricarico. “We really put them in position to have a huge inning. Ryan did a great job for us.”
After a scoreless third, East added some insurance they would not need. Stroup and McIntire singled with no outs, but the next two batters were put away. Campbell came through with a laser to left field that plated both, putting East ahead by three. A fourth run was added on a fielding error.
McIntire (2-0) pitched through the fifth, before Nick Williams closed out the six-hit shutout in the final two innings.
“We need to be swinging the bats a little better, but overall I am pleased with what we are doing,” said Tricarico.
Horrell went 3-for-3 and Duke Boger had two hits for a Ledford team that certainly needs to be more productive at the dish.
“You cannot win if you don’t score,” said coach Kemp Smith. “That has been one of our problems so far. We have not scored a lot of runs. It doesn’t matter how good the pitching is if you do not score. We’ve been in every game, but we just have not gotten that hit. We could easily be 4-2 instead of 2-4. All is not lost but we have some work to do.”