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Junior Legion Trojans lose twice in opener

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The West Trojans’ Junior American Legion baseball team opened its season Saturday and lost 5-3 and 7-5 in a doubleheader with Cary. The Trojans were held to seven hits in the two seven-inning games played in about five hours.

In the first game, West fell behind 3-0 through three innings and had no hits. But West tied the score with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Cook led off with walk. He eventually scored after an errant pickoff and two passed balls. With two outs, Lorenzo Pigott, Trey Brown and Damian Burney walked. Facing a new pitcher, Markel Jones singled to right field, driving in two runs to tie the score 3-3.

Cary went ahead for good with a run in the fifth. With one out and the bases loaded, the run scored when the runner from third advanced when the infield fly rule was in effect.

Cary scored its final run in the seventh. The inning ended when right fielder Jones, second baseman Timmy Powell and shortstop Hunter Allen turned a double play.

Cary used six pitchers; West, three. Gavin Lane started and threw three and one-third innings. He gave up three hits and three runs. He walked four and hit two. Marquise Johnson pitched three innings and gave up two hits and two runs. He walked one, hit one and struck out one. Bruce Clewis pitched two-thirds of an inning.

In the second game, Cary scored twice in the first against Pigott on a single, a bunt, a single and a groundout. But West took the lead in the bottom of the inning by scoring four runs.

Jones led off with a walk and stole second. Allen was hit in the batting helmet. Justin Cook bunted the runners to third and second. Nick Napolitano was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Facing a new pitcher, Clewis singled over the right fielder’s head, driving in two runs. Pigott doubled to right field, driving in a run. Brown grounded out, driving in the fourth run of the inning.

Cary cut the lead to 4-3 in the second on a leadoff double and a single.

West scored its final run in the third. Napolitano walked and Burney came in to run. Clewis bunted him to second. Two wild pitches, the second with Pigott at bat, allowed Burney to score.

Cary scored in the fourth on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

In the sixth, with Burney pitching, a single and two walks loaded the bases. With the infield in, West was unable to make a play on an infield grounder and a run scored. West then turned a double play when third baseman Clewis fielded a grounder and threw to Napolitano at home, who then threw to Pigott at first. But Cary scored twice on a single to short left field.

Cary used six pitchers. For West, Pigott pitched three-plus innings, giving up four runs and six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Brown pitched two innings, giving up one hit and no runs. He walked one. Burney pitched two-thirds on an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and two errors. He walked three. Clewis pitched one and one-third innings, giving up two hits and no runs.