Baseball: Hoggard bats break out in win; Laney snaps four-game skid

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The Vikings wasted no time to get on the board against Langley High School on Monday morning as Hoggard cruised to a 12-0 victory in game one of the 14th Annual Ashley High School Spring Break Tournament sponsored by Coastal Athletics.

“It was good to see us swing it the way we did today,” said Hoggard Coach Jeep St. Ledger. “We were able to get some other guys at-bats and need the same effort at the plate tomorrow.”

The Hoggard baseball team spent some of their day checking out the action at Ashley. Photos by Joe Catenacci
The Hoggard baseball team spent some of their day checking out the action at Ashley. Photos by Joe Catenacci

After scoring four runs in their first at-bat following a three-run inside the park home run down the right field line by Robert Wilkerson, the Vikings sent 12 hitters to the plate in the second as part of an eight-run frame.

The top four hitters in the Hoggard order scored two runs each, while Brad Pennington and Connor Simpson belted back-to-back RBI doubles. Sam Schmidt capped the big rally with a two-run extra base hit as the Vikings’ second baseman reached base three times in as many at-bats.

Eight of the nine Vikings’ in the starting lineup had at least one hit in the contest. Matt Suggs, Zach Zabriskie and J.P. Graham also picked up a run batted in. Cameron Godfrey allowed two hits and struck out six in the five inning shutout.

Hoggard improved to 6-1 overall this season. The Vikings head to the winner’s bracket and face Laney at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Langley takes on Franklin at 10:30 a.m.

Box score                           R  H   E

Langley     000  00              0   2    2

Hoggard   480   0X            12  12   2

WP: Cameron Godfrey    LP: Jake Osburn

 

 Laney 11             Franklin 6

It wasn’t the prettiest baseball game ever played on Monday afternoon, but the Laney Buccaneers did enough to grab an 11-6 win over Franklin High School out of Macon County in western North Carolina.

The contest included 13 errors in all as the Panthers took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the second after scoring five runs on four hits and three miscues.

Stephen Hagewood, left, enjoys a few moments with his catcher before warming up on Monday.
Stephen Hagewood, left, enjoys a few moments with his catcher before warming up on Monday.

Troy Cruse brought the Bucs to within one on an RBI single to bring in Ty Hayward, while RJ Hall and Chris Linger came around to score in the third to give Laney a lead it would not surrender.

The Bucs sent nine hitters to the plate in a four-run fifth to grab an 11-6 advantage; Stephen Hagewood settled down after the opening two frames to record the win. Hagewood started a 1-6-3 double play to get out of the third and bulldogged his way through the fourth after a leadoff single and error in left field. The Methodist College commit retired Franklin in order twice over the final three innings.

His final line on the day was six runs -­­­ three earned – on seven hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. Hayward scored three times atop the Laney order and Cruse went 2-for-3. Cole Decker also walked twice and Hall smacked a 2 RBI double.

Laney snapped a four-game skid and improved to 4-5 overall. The Bucs face Hoggard in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Franklin faces Langley, Virginia at 10:30 a.m.

Box score                         R  H  E

Franklin   150   000   0     6   7   9

Laney       412   040  X    11  7   4

WP: Stephen Hagewood   LP: Ethan Volk

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