NEWBERRY – The Newberry Wolves improved to 8-4 on the season after taking an 11-1 victory over the Lincoln (Pa.) Lions on a cold and dreary afternoon at the Smith Road Complex.
Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) improves to 2-0 on the season after going five innings in the start, scattering three hits allowing one earned run while striking out seven Lion batters.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.), Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.), Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) and Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) each tossed a scoreless inning of relief and each recorded a pair of strikeouts apiece except for Nations, who struck out the side in the ninth to seal the win for Newberry.
Ty Powell (Charleston, S.C.) was the hero of the afternoon as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a career high three runs batted in. Seven other Wolves tallied hits as Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.), JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.), Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.), Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.), Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.), Causey Stanland (Anderson, S.C.) and Zach White (Taylors, S.C.) all picked up a hit. Stanland picked up a pair of runs batted and double while Sheridan also a double of his own.
Both sides got runners on in the first inning and a half of play but the Wolves scratched first as back-to-back walks from Schrenker and White turned into runs as Powell hit a 2-out, 2-strike double over the right fielder’s head to put Newberry up 2-0 in the bottom of the second.
Both sides went 1-2-3 in the third but Lincoln finally answered as a leadoff walk later came around to score on a base hit through the left side from Gabriel Santiago. That resulted in the only run that the Lions pushed across the plate for the game.
Newberry had an answer in the home half of the fourth as a leadoff walk from Schrenker and a single off the third baseman put runners on the corners with nobody out. Powell came through again as he slapped a 0-0 pitch through the right side for a hit and another run batted in. Kosch came up next an roped a 3-2 fastball into the gap in right center to plate White from second and Bradley followed up with a sacrifice fly to right field to put the score at 5-1 when the inning was completed.
Roberts went 1-2-3 in his final inning of work, striking out the side to make a fantastic exit and put himself in line for the win.
The Wolves got a 1-out double down the right field line from Sheridan to threaten again in the bottom of the fifth and he later scored on a single from Schrenker to extend the lead to 6-1.
Camp took over in the sixth and adverted disaster as he struck out the first batter but gave up a triple to center field to DeVante Parker on a 1-2 fastball. Parker was left stranded at third after Camp recorded another strikeout and a groundout to end the threat and the inning.
Newberry tacked on two more in the bottom half as a leadoff walk from Kosch got the inning started. Bradley singled to right after Kosch moved up to second on a wild pitch but the ball was bobbled by the right fielder and allowed Kosch to score from second and make it a 7-1 Newberry lead. Bradley stole second and later came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.).
The seventh inning saw six straight outs and the top of the eighth was also 1-2-3 as Cromer and DeLee looked strong in their outings.
The Wolves put the nails in the coffin in the home half of the eighth as they added three more runs on a bases loaded walk from Sheridan and 1-out, 1-2 count double the left field line from Stanland to plate two runners and leave the score at 11-1.
Nations slammed the door in the ninth as he struck out the side and wrapped up the second win in a row for the Wolves.
Newberry was an outstanding 7-for-18 at the plate with runners in scoring position and the Wolves’ pitching staff held the Lions to just five opportunities with runners on second or third and only allowed a single hit.
“I thought Alex [Roberts] looked as good as I’ve seen since he has come back,” head coach Russell Triplett said. “He looked better at the end of the outing than he did at the start and that is a good sign for us going into the weekend. I also thought the guys on tail end of the game threw the ball well. Cromer looked as good as he has all year and that’s another positive sign going into the weekend.”
“It was good to see Ty [Powell] have some success,” Triplett said. “He had a good day for us but everyone in the lineup contributed with eight different guys picking up hits is big going into this weekend against a sound Catawba club.”
The Wolves will be back in action this weekend at the Smith Road Complex as they play host to the Catawba College Indians in a big three game South Atlantic Conference series. Friday will be a nine inning contest with a 6 p.m. first pitch followed by a double header Saturday with gametime set for 1 p.m.