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Southwest Trojans boast winning record

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The Southwest Trojans baseball team improved to 6-1 after beating Socastee 24-13 and 5-3 in a doubleheader Saturday.

In the first game against Socastee, the Trojans led 12-0 entering the bottom of the third before Socastee rallied to tie the score 12-12. But the Trojans outscored Socastee 12-1 in the next two innings to win the game.

Here are summaries of the Trojans’ other games last week.

SOUTHWEST 5

WILMINGTON 3

The Southwest Trojans turned a double play with the bases loaded to end the game and beat Wilmington 5-3 in a Junior American Legion baseball game May 30.

Wilmington loaded the bases in the top of the seventh against reliever Jay Gause on a walk, a hit batter and a single. The first out came on runner interference, leaving the bases loaded with one out. The Trojan infield of Tim Powell, Hunter Allen and Logan Tripp then turned the double play to end the game.

“In Junior Legion baseball, you’re going to make mistakes and get in situations like we were in tonight, bases loaded and no outs,” manager Mike Alderson said.

“We were fortunate—lucky—the ball hit that one runner to give us one out. We were playing the middle infield back for the double play and the corners up. If the ball is hit to the corners, we go to the plate. If the ball is hit to the middle, we try to turn two. We got the groundball, and the infield turned a great double play.”

Wilmington scored in the first when the leadoff batter reached on an error and scored on a two-out single.

The Trojans tied the score in the first. Allen and Justin Cook singled. They advanced a base on a groundout by Tripp. Gause singled up the middle, driving in the tying run. Gause later was tagged out in a rundown, but a run scored on the play, giving the Trojans a 2-1 lead.

Wilmington tied the score in the top of the second off a wild pitch. Another runner tried to score on the play, but he was thrown out.

The Trojans scored two in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead.

With one out, Nick Napolitano singled. With two outs, Blain Turner reached on an error and a run scored on the play. Damian Burney followed with a single, putting the Trojans ahead 4-2.

Wilmington cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the sixth on back-to-back hits with one out. But the rally ended when the Trojans got the second out in a rundown and the third out on a flyball.

But the Trojans matched that run in the bottom of the sixth. Gause reached on an error. With one out, Alex Memory singled home the run.

For the game, Gause, Memory and Turner each finished 1-for-3 with one RBI. Allen, Cook and Napolitano were 1-for-3. Burney was 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Gavin Lane started and pitched three innings. He gave up two runs, one earned, and three hits. He struck out four, walked two and hit one.

Brock Holmes pitched three innings and gave up one run and three hits. He struck out one and walked no one.

Wilmington 110 001 0 — 3

Southwest 200 201 x — 5

SOUTHWEST 12

N. MYRTLE BEACH 4

The Southwest Trojans scored four runs in the top of the fourth to pull away from North Myrtle Beach in a 12-4 victory in the Junior American Legion game May 21.

The Brunswick team led 3-1 before scoring the four runs that led to the victory.

For the game, Hunter Allen had three hits, including a double. Justin Cook had two hits, including a double, and one RBI. Logan Tripp had a double and one RBI. Jay Gause had a single and four RBIs. Nick Napolitano had a single and one RBI. Alex Memory had a hit and two walks. Blain Turner had a single and one RBI. Joshua Cortes had a single. Tim Powell had a single and one RBI.

Southwest 211 422 0 —12

N. M. Beach 100 100 2 — 4

NEW HANOVER 5

SOUTHWEST 4

The New Hanover Wildcats scored four runs in the first inning and thwarted a bases-loaded rally in the eighth inning to beat the Southwest Trojans 5-4 May 27.

The Wildcats scored their first two runs on an infield error. A single and a sacrifice fly scored the next two runs.

The Trojans scored their first two runs in the sixth on a two-run home run by designated hitter Jay Gause. He drove in Justin Cook, who had reached base on a one-out infield error.

The Trojans rallied to tie the score in the seventh.

Alex Memory led off with a single up the middle. Damian Burney singled. With two outs, Justin Cook walked, loading the bases. On an 0-2 count, Logan Tripp doubled home the tying runs.

The Wildcats regained the lead in the top of the eighth on an infield error with one out and the bases loaded.

But Brunswick almost forced another extra inning. Turner reached on an infield error. Memory singled to short right field. Burney put down a perfect bunt, loading the bases.

But the rally ended on a strikeout, a force at the plate and a groundout.

Four Trojan pitchers held New Hanover to five hits for the game and to two hits in the final seven innings.

For Southwest, Randy Daniels pitched four innings. He gave up four runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Marquise Johnson pitched two scoreless innings. He struck out one and gave up one hit.

Gavin Lane pitched one-plus innings. He was charged with one unearned run. He hit two batters and walked one. He struck out three.

Jay Gause pitched one inning. He intentionally walked one batter and struck out one.

Burney finished 3-for-4. Tripp finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Memory was 2-for-3. Gause was 1-for-2 with the two-run home run. He walked twice, once intentionally.

New Hanover 400 000 1 — 5

Southwest 000 002 2 — 4

MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at sports@brunswickbeacon.com.