By Rocky Higginbotham
Winston County Journal
Winston Academy picked up two more victories on the baseball diamond last week, as the Patriots rebounded from their first loss with a pair of rout-shortened wins.
Winston’s contest last Tuesday at Eupora was rained out, then the Patriots suffered their first loss of the season with a 13-3 setback to Newton County Academy on Thursday.
Friday, they cranked out a 17-6 victory over Kemper Academy, then topped French Camp Academy 12-2 on Saturday to improve to 4-1 on the year.
The Pats were slated to go to Oak Hill Academy Tuesday and host Canton Academy Friday this week. Next week, they’re slated to go to Newton County Academy Thursday (March 16) before hosting Bruce and Kemper Academy in a split doubleheader on Saturday (March 18).
In the loss to NCA last Thursday, the Patriots fell behind in the first inning and played catch-up the rest of the way.
Winston trailed 5-0 after three innings and 9-0 before scratching out a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.
The Pats had just four hits on the day, two of them by Peyton McCool. Nicholas Dempsey doubled and scored, Bryce Waggoner scored and drove in a run, and McCool and Hunter Gregory each scored.
Dempsey went three innings on the hill and took the loss, surrendering four hits and five runs – although only one was earned. He struck out four.
Friday, Winston jumped to a 7-0 lead and rolled past homestanding Kemper Academy in DeKalb.
The host Rams scored four times in the bottom of the second to pull within 7-4, but Winston answered back with two in the third, one in the fourth and seven more in the fifth.
Jesse Boydstun was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three runs and an RBI while Dempsey and Waggoner both went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Jody McCorkle had two hits, two RBIs, a run and two stolen bases; Luke Bigham singled, scored twice and drove in a run; McCool scored three times and had an RBI; and Hunter Gregory had a pair of stolen bases and two runs scored.
Waggoner went 3.1 innings on the hill, striking out six and giving up no earned runs for the win.
Saturday against French Camp, Winston trailed 2-0 going into the fourth inning. But the Pats put together a pair of six-run rallies in the fourth and fifth frames to win by the 10-run rule.
McCool was the winning pitcher, going five innings and striking out six. He gave up two runs and three hits while also collecting a base hit and an RBI at the plate.
Boydstun had one hit, three RBIs, a run and two stolen bases for Winston; Bigham singled, scored and drove in one; Peyton Allen singled, drove in a pair and scored once; Dempsey scored two runs; Waggoner singled, scored and had an RBI; Brian Woodward drove in three runs and also scored; Gregory singled, scored twice and had an RBI; McCorkle had two stolen bases and two runs; and Gideon White had two stolen bases and one run.