LAURINBURG — The Scotland baseball team opened the week with a tough one-run loss on Monday to South Granville, the defending North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A state champions.
With two more contests on this week’s docket, head coach Chad Hill stressed the importance of not letting that defeat have a trickle-down effect.
After defeating Seventy-First 12-2 Thursday night, the Scots successfully bounced back to win two games heading into the weekend. Scotland rolled to an 8-1 win over Overhills on Tuesday.
Scotland (5-2) tallied the first three runs against the visiting Falcons, and after Seventy-First closed the score to 3-2 in the top of the fourth inning, the Scots churned out nine straight runs en route to the convincing victory.
“Today was just a carryover from a good practice yesterday so luckily we didn’t have any leftover effects from Monday,” Hill said moments after the win.
Cross Holfert’s RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning ended the game early as the mercy rule was put into effect.
Holfert also opened with the game’s initial run in the top of the first inning, scoring after the Falcons committed an error while trying to throw him out on a steal attempt of third base.
Then, in the bottom of the third, Donta Green bombed a two-run home run to extend the Scots’ advantage to 3-0.
Seventy-First made it interesting when it added a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but Scotland answered with five runs in the bottom of the frame to take command.
Matthew Hyatt hit an RBI single to bring Brandon Jacobs home, then Green notched three more RBIs following a base-clearing double. The junior was caught in a pickle and was called out trying to make it to third, but the damage was already done.
Later in the inning Holfert drove a deep shot to center and the Falcons’ outfielder lost the ball in the night sky, allowing Nic Charleson to score.
In the fifth, Zac Phillips and Daly Marcano reached home after multiple Seventy-First throwing errors.
Holfert then capped the win with the double to center to plate Charleson.
The Scots will open conference play next Tuesday when they host Purnell Swett.
“Our guys are learning how to focus in practice and carrying it over into games and hopefully that trend will continue upward as we get into conference play,” Hill said.
Lady Scots take early lead, falter in second half
Seeking its second win in as many days, the Scotland girls soccer team was in control much of its home tilt against Whiteville on Thursday.
Sarah Eury got the Scots on the board with a goal in the first half, and aggressive defense helped keep the Wolfpack off the board during the opening 40 minutes.
Then Jahnita Melvin doubled Scotland’s lead with a goal of her own to open the second half, and it appeared the Scots were on their away to avenging a 9-2 defeat to this same Whiteville squad from a week before.
But the Wolfpack followed with five unanswered goals after the break to secure a 5-2 victory.
“It was the best first half I’ve ever seen the girls play thus far and up until they started to put the goals away, I was happy with what what we were doing and I was proud of them,” Scotland head coach Abbi Giaier said. “It’s unfortunate we didn’t get the W.”
Giaier said her team tightened up after Whiteville’s initial goal as a sense of dread began to hover over the players.
“I think after the first goal we kind of got a little nervous, and then the second goal came and we were real nervous and then then the third goal came,” Giaier said. “We were just too nervous to play like we had been playing because we felt we needed to be back at defense.”
Scotland (2-5) will look to rebound next Wednesday when it welcomes SEC power Pinecrest to Laurinburg. The Scots picked up a victory in their conference opener Wednesday when they downed Purnell Swett, 3-2.
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