Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Sometimes a loss is the best medicine for a team.
The Berkeley Stags, who squandered several opportunities last week in a 4-3 defeat to Goose Creek, didn’t waste a run during their pair of wins over Timberland and Colleton County.
Or allow one for that matter.
The Stags whitewashed Colleton County 8-0 behind the arm of Joe Glauser then pretended this was football season with a 17-0 thumping of Timberland.
“Given what we went through last year with the 20-game win streak and all, I think the loss against Goose Creek might have been the best thing for us,” said BHS Coach Landy Cox. “Now we can concentrate on winning baseball games.”
Against Colleton County, Glauser tossed five-and-a-third innings of shutout baseball for the win. The big lefty scattered three hits and walked just one, while striking out five.
Kyle Garrick and Jeffrey Stone combined to throw 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to take the Berkeley scoreless streak to 14 consecutive innings.
At the plate Chase Ganey led the Stags with a pair of hits and Dillon Salisbury drove in three runs.
Against Timberland on March 11, the Stags erupted for a 10-run sixth innning in the 17-0 win, keyed by a nearly 400-foot home run blast by Zach Gonzales that one-hopped the softball field fence.
“Zach hit that one on the screws,” Cox said.
The Stags pounded out 15 hits over six innings while limiting the Wolves to just a pair of hits, a bunt single by Matt Gabel and a base hit by Ryan Hood as Bryce Kunkle picked up the win throwing four shutout innings. Kunkle walked just one hitter and K’d five. Ryan Legette throw two scoreless innings of relief.
Wyatt Craig took the loss for Timberland.
Josh Simmons led the Stags with three hits on the night. Gonzales had a pair of hits and four RBIs. Salisbury, Garrick and Connor Teague each had two hits apiece.
Leadoff hitter Eric Orton scored three times with a single and a pair of walks.
The Stags improve to 4-1 on the year with games this week against Collecton Co., Summerville and Cane Bay.