LAURINBURG — The Scotland baseball team saw a welcome sight when they returned to McCoy Field Wednesday evening.
Losers of two in a row and with another tilt against Pinecrest looming Friday, the Scots needed to get back on track. They did just that against an overmatched Douglas Byrd squad that they had already defeated this season, as the hosts rolled to a 10-2 non-conference victory.
The two schools were initially slated to play last Friday, but the threat of rain pushed the game back to this week. It was Scotland’s second victory in less than two weeks against the Eagles — the Scots cruised to a 12-2 win on March 26 in the first round of the Warren-Edwards Easter Tournament.
Scotland (9-5) tallied the first six runs of the game and Douglas Byrd (6-8) never threatened despite scoring runs in the third and seventh innings.
The Scots opened the bottom of the first with a run as Cross Holfert stole home to put his team on the board.
Then, in the bottom of the second, Scotland tacked on five more runs. Aaron Locklear crossed the plate after a wild pitch from Douglas Byrd’s Tristen Luck, then Bryan Baines smacked a double to plate Brandon Jacobs.
Davon Ratliffe notched an RBI later in the inning, plating McKenzie White to make it 4-0 in favor of the Scots. Donta Green followed with a triple, then Nicholas Charleson plated Green with a single.
Justin Bowers added an RBI single to extend the Scots’ advantage to 6-0.
Douglas Byrd finally got on the board with a run in the top of the third as Ernesto Valentin hit an RBI single off Scotland pitcher Matthew Hyatt. The Eagles had an opportunity to do further damage in the inning, as they loaded the bases after a Scots’ defensive error allowed Ryley Barbour to reach first base.
But Hyatt forced the Eagles’ next batter, Jesse Dailey, to ground out to get out of the jam.
Scotland scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth when Charleson scored after a Douglas Byrd error, then Bowers had an RBI ground out.
In the fifth, the Scots tacked on two more as Baines hit a bloop single to plate Jacobs followed by an sacrifice fly from Charleson to bring Baines home.
Douglas Byrd scored the game’s final run in the top of the seventh as a wild pitch from Locklear allowed Dailey to cross the plate.
Scotland will play its third game this week when it hosts Pinecrest Friday at 7 p.m.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.