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Wolves in thick of 7AA battle

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dan Brown/Independent -- With the Timberland pitching staff beset with arm problems, sophomore Ryan Hood has helped keep the Wolves in games providing quality innings. --

 As the first half of the Region 7AA baseball schedule enters its final two games, the Timberland Wolves are in the thick of the fray with tilts on the road this week against Lake Marion and Kingstree.
Following an extra-inning 12-6 loss to second-place Lake City, the Wolves (5-4) are in third place with a 3-2 mark behind front running Andrews, who downed Timberland earlier in the week 13-1.
“We need to win these games this week to have a chance at finishing one or two in the region,” said THS Coach Chris Pond.
As much as the Wolves are battling their region counterparts they are also battling the injury bug.
“Right now I have to get everyone healthy,” Pond said. “Lucas Carr and Wyatt Craig have been hampered with a little arm trouble. Jace Pond, who fills in for Lucas while he pitches, had a severely sprained ankle from a game with Lee Central.”
In addition, catcher Tripp Wilkie is nursing a bad knee.
“Hopefully I can get everyone back healthy for down the stretch to give a run for the playoffs,” said Pond, whose team has been bitten hard by the injury bug the past two years, “Especially when it’s two of your pitchers, it’s hard to play games in the week with only three other pitchers.”
With healthy arms at a premium Josh Winningham, Ryan Hood and Matt Gabel have stepped in to provide valuable innings and according to Pond “have done pretty well to keep us in games.”
With just seven games remaining in the 2013 season, the Wolves have to get healthy and fast.
In addition to Lake Marion and Kingstree, THS faces Woodland at home on Friday before the last run through the region schedule begins on April 9.

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