Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I said in last week’s Finding Mudville column how James Island finds new and inventive and even innovative ways to lose to Berkeley. I was wrong.
I should have said Berkeley finds new and inventive ways to beat James Island.
At 9-0, the Stags don’t so much find new ways to win, they just refuse to lose. In fact, they did the same thing during Wednesday’s game against Hanahan, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
First James Island.
Last Monday night was one of those “refuse to lose” moments.
I watched the collection of Trojan juniors and seniors standing along the third base line as the Stags starting lineup was introduced. This undefeated team, their Region 7AAA rivals, their primary obstacle standing in the way of a region championship after dropping from Class AAAA, they all stood there and watched.
This was a mistake in my book.
You don’t watch the other team. You take care of your own business as the other team’s job is to psyche you out. I think this is what happened to James Island.
Here’s how the starting lineup sounded going out over the PA system, “First the infield, at first base, a junior, at second base, a sophomore, at shortstop a junior, at third base, a sophomore. In the outfield, in left field, a junior, in center field, a junior, in right field, a sophomore; behind the plate, a junior, and on the mound a senior.”
The looks along the third base line said, “That’s it? They’re just sophomores and juniors? We’re doomed.”
Berkeley tallied just five hits but won 5-3.
The Stags were down 3-1 in bottom of the sixth when they loaded the bases on a pair of infield singles by Kyle Garrick and Zach Gonzales and a sacrifice/fielder’s choice by Andrew Lockliear when Garrick beat the throw to third. Dylan Baker followed with a line-drive single up the middle. Garrick and Gonzales scored when the throw to the plate is late.
But Lockliear attempted to take third on the throw and the Trojan catcher chucked one a good two feet over the third baseman’s head and down the leftfield line. Lockliear untangled himself from the scrum at third and scored standing up.
Baker doesn’t break stride after rounding first on the base hit and came barreling along behind him with Landy Cox fantically waving him home.
There you have it, four runs scored on one play.
The Stags lead 5-3 and Gonzales slammed the door in the seventh.
Five hits. All singles. Classic small ball.
The same thing happened during the Hanahan game on Wednesday, only this time Berkeley scored twice to take the lead without hitting the ball out of the infield.
To cap off the week on Friday, three pitchers combined to chuck the Stags’ second no-hitter of the season, a 20-1 thrashing of Stall. Joe Glauser, Bryce Kunkle and Josh Clarke teamed up to throw the no-hitter, K’ing 11 hitters between them.
These Stags are 9-0, 3-0 in Region 7AAA. Hilton Head comes to town on Wednesday.