Friday, May 9, 2014
Against Aynor, the Timberland Wolves couldn’t have looked worse.
The Wolves lost 12-0 to the Blue Jackets in the first round of the Class AA playoffs on Thursday May 1.
They were no-hit, a perfect game no less. Nary a Wolf reached base.
Against Kingstree in the loser’s bracket, Timberland couldn’t have looked much better, riding Tripp Wilkie’s bat to cruise to a 16-1 win over the Jaguars on Saturday, May 3 at Timberland.
Coach Art Craig said the loss to Aynor was more due to his players letting the Bluejackets get inside their heads.
“Against Aynor we kind of got slapped in the face,” said Craig. “In football, when someone slaps you in the face like that, you can kind of slap back. You can’t do that in baseball.”
His pitchers had trouble finding the plate and Aynor produced the timely big hits that put the Wolves behind the eight-ball early.
“We got down by three or four runs early and we couldn’t fight back,” he said. “I threw all four of my pitchers the other night and none of them pitched well.”
Not having a runner reach first didn’t help either.
Against Kingstree, the Wolves sent 12 hitters to the plate in a six-run third inning to go on top 7-1 and then turned around in the fourth inning and added nine runs on top of that to put the game away.
“We hit the ball and we threw strikes,” Craig said.
The big hit for Timberland was a bases loaded, bases clearing double by Tripp Wilkie that got the hit parade going. Wilkie would do the same in the fourth inning, knocking a single to center to load the bases as part of the Wolves’ nine-run fourth.
Run scoring hits in the inning came courtesy of Gabe Wadford, Masoh Litchfield, Brent Dawson and Matt Gabel,
Wilkie and Gabel each had two hits apiece to lead the Timberland attack.
Ryan Hood went the distance for the win, but could not repeat his perfect game gem he hurled against the Jaguars back in March.
Hood scattered three hits, the first, an RBI triple by Kingstree’s Ben Fulton that drove in the Jaguars only run.
On Monday, May 5, the Wolves were to play the loser of the Dillon/Aynor game, but game results were not available at press time.
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