Cobras snake-bitten in region opener

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rob Gantt/Independent Cane Bay’s Justin Shelton collects an infield single against West Ashley on Friday night in the Region 7-AAAA opener for both teams. ROB GANTT --

The Region 7-AAAA opener on Friday night unfolded much like most of the regular season games have for Cane Bay’s baseball team this spring.
The Cobras were competitive but just not good enough to win. The Wildcats dropped Cane Bay to 1-6 overall and 0-1 in the region with an 8-5 win at WAHS.
“We have been competitive in each game but we have found ways to give games away,” CBHS coach Shane Todd said. “Our biggest problem is not getting hits with runners in scoring position. We have been pretty good getting to third but that last 90 feet has seemed like three miles.”
Against West Ashley on Friday, the Cobras fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first, tied it up in the top of the second and then gave up two runs apiece in each of the Wildcats’ next two at-bats.
The Cobras host Stratford Wednesday and Goose Creek on Friday in their next two games, both region contests.
“We have to keep working and hopefully our hitting will come around soon,” Todd said.  “We have shown we can be a very good team but we have to be more consistent.”
The West Ashley loss came on the heels of an impressive outing two days earlier, a 2-1 victory over defending Class AAAA champion Ashley Ridge that snapped a five-game losing skid to start the regular season.
Cane Bay’s first three losses came by a total of four runs.
Against Ashley Ridge, starting pitcher Justin Shelton took a one-hitter into the sixth inning and reliever B.J. Thompson finished off the Swamp Foxes. Billy Detyens’ RBI single in the top of the seventh inning gave the Cobras the one-run victory.
Shelton fanned four Ashley Ridge batters in his time on the hill and walked four. Thompson fanned three batters while walking none.
On the season, Todd said Jacob Page, Thompson, and Austin Timm are his top three hitters.
“We seem to get behind early in games and have to play catch up,” he added. “It really has prevented us from playing small ball which is what type of team we are.”

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