By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Although his Patriots fell short of making the MAIS AA State Baseball Playoffs, Winston Academy head coach Cory Burns said he was pleased with his team’s effort and hard work this season.
“We scratched and clawed and manufactured runs and stayed positive all season,” Burns said. “Our motto going into the season was ‘Respond To Adversity’ and we did that. They really did a good job of working through things.”
The Patriots finished the season at 12-9 overall and 5-5 in conference play. WA was in the playoff hunt until the last week, when they dropped a pair of games to a tough Canton Academy team 9-4 and 4-0.
“Canton is real good,” Burns said. “They won the conference last year and didn’t lose a senior kid. They have a good pitching staff and are just solid.
“i’m just so proud of my seniors (Kenny Wright, Taylor Moody, Rylee Pearson, D.K. Boydstun),” he said. “They showed great senior leadership all season long.”
Canton took a 4-0 lead after two innings in the first game, before WA hit for three in the fourth. However, Canton scored five in the bottom of the inning to take control of the contest.
Reed McCool had a double for the Pats, while Wright, Peyton Allen, Pearson, Moody and Bradley Stapleton had a single each.
Canton freshman Brett Lovelace struck out 11 and allowed only three hits as the Patriots dropped a 4-0 home decision to close out the season.
Jesse Boydstun, Pearson and D.K. Boydstun all had hits for WA in the contest. Wright was solid on the mound, striking out seven and allowing just one earned run over five innings.