LA rallies for win

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 23, 2006

WILSON – Lawrence Academy rallied for two runs in the seventh stanza to send the championship series to three games here Saturday.

The Warriors evened the best-of-three North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association state title series with the 7-6 win over Waccamaw Academy.

With Waccamaw holding a 6-5 lead after six innings, the Warriors plated the game-tying and winning runs in the top of the seventh.

Judd Whitehead reached on a dropped third strike and went to third on a wild pitch. He then scored on an RBI-triple off the bat of Jacob Harrell. Harrell scored moments later when J.T. Lilley reached on an error, giving the Warriors a 7-6 lead.

Lawrence had opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first.

Gray Harrell started the game with a single to center. He went to second on a Holden McClenney sacrifice and to third on Dusty Todd’s single to right. Todd stole second.

Harrell scored on an errant throw by the catcher that sent Todd to third. Jobie Thomas then plated Todd with an RBI-single to center, giving the Warriors an early 2-0 advantage.

Lawrence added to that lead with two more runs in the second.

Jonathan Brantley walked, Harrell singled and McClenney walked to load the bases.

Brantley raced home on a wild pitch and Harrell scored when Thomas reached on an error to make it 4-0.

Waccamaw got on the board in the bottom of the second with a Kyle Hufham solo homer to left-centerfield, trimming the Lawrence lead to 4-1.

The Warriors added a single run in the top of the third.

Jacob Harrell doubled to center and scored on a Zack White RBI-single to left, increasing the Warrior advantage to 5-1.

Waccamaw cut into that lead with three runs in the bottom of the third and then tied the game with a run in the fourth frame. They took the lead with a mark in the bottom of the sixth.

&uot;This was a great comeback win,&uot; LA coach Robert Kravitz said. &uot;Jacob’s hit was our biggest of the year.&uot;

Whitehead went all seven innings, picking up the win while allowing six runs on eight hits. He struck out eight.