NEWBERRY – Newberry’s highest hit total of the season coupled with a masterful pitching performance from a pair of arms gave the Wolves a blowout 15-1 win over Goldey-Beacom in the first of a four-game series this weekend.
Newberry’s (5-8) offense pounded out 16 hits, its most since a 17-hit effort in the 2016 season finale. Their Goldey-Beacom (0-4) counterparts managed just five hits on the day, the second-fewest Newberry has given up this season. Eleven different players recorded at least one hit on the day.
Trejon Smith had his best day of the season thus far, raising his average to a team-high .348 by going 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and four batted in before being lifted in the bottom of the seventh for a pinch hitter. Smith finished a triple short of the cycle and blasted a three-run home run to right field in the fourth, Newberry’s first long ball of 2017 inside the cavernous Smith Road Complex.
While Daymon Totherow and Danton Hyman saw their 12- and 10-game hitting streaks come to an end, both upped their reached-base streaks to 13 games via bases on balls. Jeff Sneed had a bases-clearing double as part of a two-hit day, while Ben Herring went 2-for-3 with a walk, a pair of runs scored, and an RBI.
The Wolves scored three runs on Sneed’s double in the first and never looked back. Goldey-Beacom made the score 3-1 with an unearned run in the second before the Wolves added three runs apiece in the third and fourth and four more in the fifth.
While the Newberry offense stole the show, Tomas Sorcia, Jr., and Zack Kelly combined to shut the Lightning down. The pair struck out 14 hitters and allowed a single walk on 35 batters faced. Goldey-Beacom managed five hits, including just two after the third, as the Wolves’ arms combined to retire 12 consecutive hitters through the middle innings.
Kelly was especially effective, striking out nine of the 15 batters he faced through his four innings of work. He earned an unconventional save by closing the game and pitching more than three innings effectively, lowering his ERA to a miniscule 1.12 in the process.
The Wolves and Lightning will return to the Smith Road Complex for a Saturday twinbill before concluding their series with a single game on Sunday. First pitch on both days is set for noon.