LAURINBURG — They say that when the weather warms up, so to do the bats.
That was the case for the Scotland baseball team as it banged out 11 hits, including a long home run by Grant English, in a 7-2 win over Purnell Swett Friday night at McCoy Field.
The Scots’ win avenges an earlier loss to the Rams.
The Scots trailed early after two fielding miscues in the second allowed the Rams to take a 2-0 advantage.
Scotland answered with three runs in the bottom of second to take the lead for good. Ben Utter’s RBI-double put the Scots on the board, then second basemen HB Stone pushed a run across on a ground out later in the frame to tie the game.
Starting pitcher Dylan Ward’s singled in Stone from second to make it 3-2.
After surrendering the two unearned runs, Ward settled in to hurl a complete game. Ward allowed three hits and struck out six.
“We got a gutty performance from our ace,” said Scotland coach Jamie Coleman. “Dylan struggled early on, but from the third inning on, he looked like the pitcher that we know he can be. His deuce (curveball) was working well, he had trouble throwing his changeup, but he was locating his fastball. And that was key.”
Nolan Pierce and Grant English also added RBI extra base hits for Scotland.
The win pushes the Scots record to 4-3 in the Southeastern Conference as they enter spring break on a three-game winning streak. They will participate in next week’s tournament at Terry Sanford.
Justin McNickle is the assistant athletic supervisor for Scotland County Parks and Recreation. He also covers sports for WLNC.