“We haven’t hit the ball very well this year for whatever reason, but we worked really hard this week on putting the bat on the ball with some pop and we did that today,” Winterboro head coach Brandon Brown said. “Andrew Pitts did a really good job for us today. He’s pretty much been in a season-long slump, but he homered in the first game and had four RBIs. He kind of picked up where he left off in the second game. Colby Wheeler was on fire today. All he did was hit the ball all over the ballpark. He had two triples, three doubles and a home run. You can’t do much better than that in a doubleheader. Brady Wideman also had a home run in the first game.”
Winterboro started game two with seven runs in the top of the first. Casy Goins led off with a triple to center field. Cody Rhodes took a walk. Goins scored on a wild pitch and Rhodes advanced to second base. Taylor Garrett doubled off the outfield wall to bring Rhodes in for a run. Andrew Pitts singled through a gap at first base to bring Garrett around to score. Pitts managed to steal both second and third base on the same wild pitch thrown to Jonathan Harris. Pitts came in to score on a failed pickoff attempt where the throw got away from the third baseman. Harris technically struck out but the catcher couldn’t hang on to it and had to throw to first base but the throw to first base was wild and Harris reached second base. Harris came around to score when pitcher Brady Wideman reached first on an error. Goins came back up to the plate and popped out to the shortstop, with the catch made in shallow left field allowing another run to come in to make it 7-0.
The Fighting Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a single to left field with the bases loaded.
Winterboro added 11 runs in the second inning, four runs in the third, and two more in the fourth inning.
Goins earned the win for Winterboro in game one, while Wideman earned the win in game two for pitching three innings and striking out six batters.
“Casey, the first game starter, struck out eight in three innings, which is pretty impressive,” Brown said. “In the second game, we had Jake McCoy throw that last inning and that’s the first time he’s ever pitched and I thought he did a fantastic job. He’s worked really hard on trying to become a pitcher and he kind of proved to me today he can do it if we need him to.”
Colby Wheeler led the way at the plate, going three for four with three doubles, a walk, and two RBIs in game one. He went three for three in game two with an inside-the-park home run and two triples.
Corey White was the standout for TC Central in game one, hitting a triple.
Jake McCoy had a successful inning of work on the mound in game two, while also being a perfect four for four at the plate with a triple. Goins was also a perfect four for four with two triples, a double and two RBIs.
“Looking at the opposing team—of course being Winterboro—seeing the rival team walk out with an explosive victory, I think they want to feel the same thing,” TC Central head coach Lamus McCombs said of what his team can take from the losses. “Hearing the chants and hearing the guys be so passionate about the game I think that’s kind of put them in the mindset of how serious it is. A loss like this to this team is definitely something to build on as far as what we should do.”
While both teams have already been eliminated from the playoffs, Brown said he’s proud of the growth he has seen from his senior players.
“This is my fourth year here too, so I’ve kind of seen them grow up,” Brown said. “Taylor Garrett comes to mind. He’s been with me the whole time, Nick Leonard at second base has been with me the whole time and Cody Rhodes. It’s been fun to see them grow and see them get better as ballplayers and people. I’m proud of them. I hope I had some impact on their life somewhere. I wish them the best.”
McCombs doesn’t have any senior players, so he’s hoping to see continuity moving forward.
“We struggle with keeping the guys coming out,” McCombs said. “Some stay, some don’t. I’m hoping to see the same guys that were here this year here next year. We don’t have any seniors. We’re predominantly seventh and eighth graders and I just want to see them back.”