February 15, 2014123456789RHE
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Win: Edwards (2-0) 7.061019
Loss: Cole Cromer (1-1) 7.0833013
Evan Rogers (MHU) 522000
Tommy Scala (MHU) 302000
David King (MHU) 402100
Andy Runion (MHU) 402000
Nolan Schrenker (NBY) 412000

Wolves tripped up by Mars Hill in series opener, 3-1
Saturday, February 15, 2014

NEWBERRY - After extensive efforts to clear the field in time for Saturday's rescheduled baseball contests, the Newberry Wolves and Mars Hill Lions tried to make sure the pitcher's mound was the only place that needed work, combining for 24 strikeouts in a 3-1 Mars Hill victory.

Newberry falls to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Mars Hill is now 3-5 overall and 3-1 in the league. The teams close out the series with a pair of 7-inning games starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Newberry starter Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) was fantastic in his start, needing only 99 pitches to strike out 13 batters with no walks, but he still allowed three runs on eight hits and three wild pitches in 7.0 innings. He was tagged with the loss to move to 1-1 on the year.

Mars Hill starter Caleb Edwards also went 7.0 innings, striking out nine and walking one but allowing just one unearned run on six hits. He is now 2-0 on the season.

The Wolves stranded two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the first and cut down the Lions' first shot at a run with a play at the plate after an infield error. Newberry left runners at the corners in the second and Mars Hill put up the first run of the game on a David King single with two outs to plate Evan Rogers, who snuck a double just inside the third base bag earlier in the inning.

Cromer struck out 11 of 13 batters in the middle innings, setting up the Wolves' first chance at runs. Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) made his first start of the season at designated hitter following a practice injury and led off the sixth with a single. He then scampered to third on an errant throw trying to pick him off at first. Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) proceeded to lay down a perfect squeeze bunt to plate Schrenker and tie the game at ones.

In the top of the eighth, Rogers led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Phillip Carroll then hit a ball through the right side to plate Rogers and give the Lions the lead. After a hit batsman and a bunt single, the bases were loaded with none out, but Will Robbins (Edgemoor, S.C.) managed to escape the jam while only conceding a sacrifice fly, leaving the game at 3-1 in the guests' favor.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, the margin was out of reach, as they only managed one baserunner in the final six outs to hand the scarlet and gray their second straight conference loss after a program-best six-game winning streak to start the season.

Schrenker was the only Newberry player to reach base more than once with a pair of singles. Of the teams' combined 16 hits, only Rogers' one-out double in the third was for extra bases.