“Today was a big win for us,” Fayetteville head coach Morris Phillips said. “I am proud for the guys. That gives us four wins in the area and two wins over TC. I think that puts us in the driver seat to make the playoffs.”
Fayetteville pitcher Justin Ricks picked up the win off the mound. Ricks pitched a complete game shut out, striking out 12 batters.
“Justin Ricks has pitched great for us all season,” Phillips said. “There were a couple games that he pitched well enough to win and we didn’t play behind them. Today we made plays behind him and he got the job done on the mound.”
Ricks’ sacrifice fly scored Dalton Vick from third base to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
In the fifth inning Brett Autrey’s bunt scored Andrew Scott from third base to put Fayetteville ahead 2-0. Errors cost the Fighting Tigers a run in the fifth inning. After Cameron Duncan walked Matthew Williams, Williams stole second base and advanced to third base on an errant throw by the catcher. The Fighting Tigers committed another error as the catcher threw the baseball into left field, which allowed Williams to score to make it 3-0.
The Wolves added an insurance run in the sixth inning. Ricks started the inning with a single. Aaron Parrett came in to run for Ricks. Parrett got into scoring position by stealing second and third base. Richard Smith’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Parrett to give Fayetteville a 4-0 lead. Vick put the game away in the seventh inning when he hit a single to left field to score Williams to make it 5-0.
“We didn’t swing the bat as well as I like to today,” Phillips said. “At least we swung it, made some contact and put the ball in play. We even tried to do some little things today, like trying to bunt.”
Cameron Duncan had a great day on the mound in a losing effort. Duncan went the distance, striking out 11 batters.
“There were a lot of bright spots, but it’s still a loss,” TC Central head coach Robert Duncan said. “We had a lot of improvement, but it’s still a loss. We have a young group that made a lot of young mistakes, but overall it was a good game.
“I thought Cameron did a real good job on the pitcher’s mound. He is getting into a little pitcher’s shape now. We have to grow up where we can hit the baseball some and manufacture runs. We are not going to hit a lot of home runs; we just have to do something to manufacture runs.
“Overall I think that we are improving. We won two out three this week and we gave seven runs in three baseball games. That’s pretty good baseball. We just have to get where we can score some runs every now and then.”