SINCLAIR SPLITS OPENING WEEKEND IN GEORGIA; WINS OVER TWO RANKED TEAMS
Game 1 - Jimmy White started things off for the Pride with a solo homerun to left center in the first, and that was just the beginning. The Sinclair offense erupted for five more runs in the 3rd, capped off again by another White hit, this time a double scoring two.
Starter Daniel Sexton cruised through the Iowa Central lineup without allowing a base runner until the 5th. After a couple of two out walks, Sexton allowed back-to-back singles that plated two, cutting the Pride lead to five. A fly out to right would end the treat, and Sexton struck out two more batters in the 6th to finish his day. Austin Eads threw a scoreless 7th to secure the Tartans first win of the season.
FINAL - Sinclair 8, #17 Iowa Central 2
WP - Sexton (1-0) 6IP 2H 2ER 3BB's 4K's
OFFENSIVE LEADERS – Jimmy White 2-4 R BB 2B HR 3RBI's, Tyler Cowles 3-5 R 3B, Ty Amann 2-2 R 2HBP RBI, Billy Kidd 2-3 R SAC RBI.
Game 2 - After an hour drive south, Sinclair matched up with the #8 Lackawanna College Falcons for their second game of the day. Making his college debut on the mound for the Pride was freshmen southpaw Alex Anders and he didn't disappoint. Anders struck out five batters in five innings of work while only allowing two hits.
Offensively, Sinclair scored in the first and added on five runs in the 5th. The Pride score another run in the 6th and one last run in the 7th on a solo homerun from freshmen Alec Turner.
FINAL - Sinclair 8, #8 Lackawanna
WP - Anders (1-0) 5IP 2H 2BB's 5K's
OFFENSIVE LEADERS – Tyler Cowles 1-4 R SB 3RBI's, Eric Hansman 2-3 R 3B 2RBI's, Alec Turner 1-2 2R BB HR 2RBI's, Billy Kidd 2-4 RS.
Game 3 – Sophomore Mitch Asman made the start on the mound for the Pride and after giving up a run in the 1st, he settled down nicely. Asman retired the Georgia Highlands hitters three up and three down in the next three innings.
After a scoreless first two innings, Sinclair got on board in the third with an inside the park grand slam off the bat of Jimmy White. Brody Basilone started the inning off with a single to left and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt from Alec Turner. A Billy Kidd single and Andrew Holderman walk set things up for White. White smashed a line drive to center which went past a diving centerfielder and he was off to the races. The relay throw from center made it very close at the plate but White made a beautiful head first slide to score.
Highlands answered in the 5th with five runs all scored with two outs and that was all they would need as their bullpen shut down the Pride bats.
FINAL - GA Highlands 6, Sinclair 4
LP - Asman (0-1) 4.2IP 6H 5ER BB 7K's
OFFENSIVE LEADERS – Jimmy White 1-3 RS GS (2) 4RBI's, Andrew Holderman 1-2 R BB.
Game 4- The Sinclair bats set the tone early in game four with three runs in the first inning. Tyler Cowles started the scoring with a sacrifice fly and hits from Brody Basilone and Alex Young gave the Tartans their lead.
The Pride had a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the 4th when it all fell apart. A leadoff single off the third base bag started things off and after multiple errors, Highlands put up a touchdown and took an 8-4 lead. Sinclair didn't give up though and scored a run in the 5th and 6th to pull within two. With two outs in the top of the 7th, Sinclair got a two out double from pinch hitter Daniel O'Keefe. Basilone then collected another hit scoring the pinch runner Josh Mack. Alex Young was hit by a pitch and that set things up for pinch hitter Ben Myers. Myers hit a fly ball down the left field line tying the game at eight. The Highland lefty returned Alec Turner to end the threat.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Chargers had back-to-back hits with one out and with the winning run at second, the Pride relief pitch Travis Rowland balked. Highland then squeezed on an intentional walk and was able to execute perfectly winning in the game 9-8.
FINAL - GA Highlands 9, Sinclair 8
LP - Rowland (0-1) 2.1IP 3H ER BB 2K's
OFFENSIVE LEADERS – Brody Basilone 2-4 2R 3B 2RBI's, Alex Young 1-3 RS 3SB RBI, Ben Myers 1-1 2B RBI, Daniel O'Keefe 1-1 2B.
The Pride will have host Glen Oaks CC this weekend at Grady's Field for a three game series. Follow Sinclair Baseball on twitter (@SinclairBB) for updates on game times and probable starters.