NEWBERRY - A ninth inning sacrifice fly from second team preseason all-South Atlantic Conference selection Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) gave the Newberry Wolves a 5-4 Opening Day win over the West Alabama Tigers at the Smith Road Complex on Friday evening.
Newberry is 1-0 on the season and West Alabama is 0-1. The sides will meet for a doubleheader Saturday at noon, followed by the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Tigers took the lead in the third inning when Stuart Terry scored after an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Kyle Caldwell to give UWA a 1-0 lead.
Newberry tied the game in the bottom of the fourth after Chas Goodwin (Greer, S.C.) loaded the bases with a walk and Camp drew another walk to tie the game. In the next at bat, Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.) battled through a tough at bat to pull a single down the left field line and give the Wolves a 3-1 lead.
Goodwin extended the lead to 4-1 with a two-out RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth. UWA came back with an unearned run in the seventh and two runs to tie the game up headed into the final frame.
Closer Tyler Sturkie (West Columbia, S.C.) sat down all three batters in the top of the ninth and pinch hitter Anthony Siler (Longwood, Fla.) battled for a lead off single in the bottom of the ninth. Siler stole second and the throw flew into center field to push him to third. The Tigers brought both the infield and outfield in towards home and Camp's short fly to the left-center gap was caught, but a slightly off-line throw from the left fielder and Siler's speed gave Newberry the win.
Newberry starter Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) was solid in 6.2 innings of work, allowing two unearned runs on five hits, striking out five with no walks. Sturkie went to 1-0 on the season with the closeout win, allowing just one hit and one walk with one strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief.
Paige led the squad with two RBIs, while eight different players recorded singles for Newberry.