Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Ryan Hood’s two-run single broke a 4-4 tie and ignited a seven-run inning to propel Timberland to its first win of the season, and Art Craig’s first as Wolves’ baseball coach, Saturday afternoon in Goose Creek against Academic Magnet.
“We played well for going an entire week without a game,” Craig said. “We have a couple guys that we held out today that are a little banged up in Josh Winningham and Matt Gabel. We’re just so young ... but they played well.”
Down 4-3 going into the fifth Timberland loaded the bases and tied the score on a bases-loaded walk to Wyatt Craig. One out later Hood delivered on his two-RBI single down the left-field line to give the Wolves a lead they would not relinquish.
THS would score four more times in the inning and add a late run in the sixth to finish with a 1-1 mark in the Gator Post 166 Pre-Season Tournament.
Earlier Craig drove in a pair of runs with a double, one of two hits, and scored twice while reaching base all four plate appearances.
Lucas Carr, pitching in relief, rode the big lead to the win, allowing just two runs over four innings of work. Craig started and had to leave the mound with back stiffness. Hood finished out the game for THS, closing out the seventh with three straight K’s.
The Wolves even their record at 1-1 for the tournament after falling to Berkeley 3-0 in the tournament’s opening contest on Feb. 28. Four days of rain ensued and wiped out the remainder of the tournament.
“We have to play games to get better,” Craig said who stepped in to take over the baseball coaching duties for Chris Pond.
Pond, the only baseball coach the Wolves ever had in its history, left last summer to take the vacant Gator’s baseball job.
“By the time the second round of our region schedule comes around these kids will have had some ball games under their belt and we should be right in the thick of the region race,” Craig said.
The Wolves were set to host Berkeley on Tuesday and Cane Bay on Friday before jumping into the Region 7AA schedule on March 18 against Kingstree.