Warriors get home win over Cross County
A five run fourth inning broke open a close game sending EPC to a 13-8 win over Cross County this past Monday in Lepanto.
The Thunderbirds got on the board first with three hits and a walk to go up 1-0 before leaving the bases loaded when EPC starting pitcher Preston Rains snagged a line drive for the third out. Kern Kline singled and stole second base before Gavin Constant struck out. Rains hit a deep triple to center field scoring Kline making it 1-1. Rains scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-1 EPC as Tysean Garrett singled. Colby Moore and Jason Daniels both struck out to end the inning. Cross County got a one out walk in the top of the second inning only to leave the runner stranded when the next two batters struck out. Deuce Moore singled leading off the bottom and stole second base. Peyton Edings popped out, Moore went to third on a passed only to be left there as Jordan Smith struck out and Kline popped out ending the inning with the Warriors still up 2-1.
Rains retired the first two innings before being replaced on the mound by Kline. Kline gave up a run as the Thunderbirds tied the game at 2-2. Constant walked leading off the bottom of the inning and stole second base before Rains drew a walk. Garrett reached on a fielder’s choice that forced Rains out at second as Colby Moore struck out. Daniels singled to plate Constant making it 3-2 as Deuce Moore doubled to score Garrett and Daniels making the score 5-2 EPC. Edings coaxed a walk only to see Smith strike out to end the third inning. The Thunderbirds went down in order in the top of the fourth as the Warriors pushed five runs across in the bottom half. Kline grounded out leading off as Constant singled. Rains reached on an error that sent Constant to third base. Constant and Rains both scored on a wild throw pick-off of Constant at third to make it 7-2 EPC. Garrett singled, stole second and went to third when the second baseman missed the ball. Colby Moore doubled to plate Garrett making it 8-2 before Daniels reached on an error that allowed Colby Moore to score pushing the Warriors’ lead to 9-2. Moore had an infield single that scored Daniels to make it 10-2 EPC as Edings grounded out and Smith struck out ending the fourth inning.
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