2018-04-14 / Sports

Vikings even the score, blast RCS in five innings

‘Dogs hosts East Wake Academy in key game today at 2 p.m.
BY KELLY SNOW
COURIER-TIMES SPORTS EDITOR


Roxboro Community School’s Colby Rountree safely steals third during Wednesday’s game against Voyager Academy. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES Roxboro Community School’s Colby Rountree safely steals third during Wednesday’s game against Voyager Academy. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES DURHAM — When the Roxboro Community School baseball team pulled off its season-defining victory against Voyager Academy about a month ago, just about everything went right.

Such was not the case in the rematch as the Vikings evened the score, hammering RCS 11-1 in five innings Wednesday at Southern Durham High School.

The Vikings had eight hits in the game, four with runners in scoring position and jumped out a 10-1 lead after three innings. RCS committed three errors that led to four unearned runs and had three passed balls with runners on third base.

“When we beat them, we made no errors and we got fantastic pitching,” RCS coach Pete Tuck said. “I thought all three pitchers did a good job, but (Voyager) just hit the ball. It’s not like we went out there and threw up a six spot in the error column, like we’ve done three times this year. We made a couple of errors and it hurt, but at least it wasn’t six. (Voyager’s) a real good ballclub.”


RCS catcher William Leonard tags Voyager’s Matthew Dobson on a play at the plate in the first inning of Wednesday’s game. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES RCS catcher William Leonard tags Voyager’s Matthew Dobson on a play at the plate in the first inning of Wednesday’s game. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES RCS starting pitcher Bryson Pleasant lasted only two innings after giving up four earned runs on five hits. The Bulldogs have been hampered with injuries all season long with the latest and scariest coming during the team’s spring break tournament in Wilson. Luke Montgomery and Andrew Oakley collided going after a flyball in shallow right field during a game and neither was available at Voyager and may not return this season.

Oakley was expected to be at the front of Bulldogs’ rotation this season and one of the best pitchers in the conference. In his last outing, he tossed a two-hit, 16-strikeout gem in a victory against Vance Charter and was scheduled to get the ball in the rematch with Voyager.

“I thought all three pitchers did a good job tonight, but it hurts having (Montgomery and Oakley) gone,” Tuck said. “When we started this season, I really liked having Andrew and (Colby Rountree) going to be a part of the starting rotation and I felt we’d be pretty solid everywhere else. I’ve got to take a long look. I may not have made the right moves tonight. I think some of the moves I’ve made have worked out fantastic, some not so much, but I’ve got some to questions to answer, myself.”

The top of the Vikings’ order blistered RCS pitching all night. Leadoff hitter Chase Sykes, Lance Annis and Aaron Beasley combined to go 5-for-6 with five RBIs and seven runs scored.

The trio either reached base or had sacrifices in all but one of their combined 12 plate appearances. Annis came through with a two-run double in the third and Beasley had RBI singles in the first and second innings and drove in the game-ending run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Sykes got the win for the Vikings after giving up just one run on two hits while striking out six.

Rountree singled for the Bulldogs to lead off the third and scored on a grounder to second by Michael Clayton later in the inning. Wyatt Sharer moved Rountree into scoring position with a single to center earlier in the frame.

RCS slips to 6-8 overall and 3-2 in the NCAC heading into a pivotal game today against East Wake Academy. The Eagles (11-1, 4-1) are locked in a threeway tie for the conference lead with Voyager and Falls Lake Academy with the Bulldogs a game back.

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