Windsor rides big inning to top Albemarle

Published 10:10 am Monday, June 13, 2016

WINDSOR – Whether it was the five day rain-delayed layoff, or their poor showing in their last game , it didn’t take the Windsor Post 37 junior American Legion baseball team long to get back on track.

The Rebels scored eight runs in the second inning and cruised to a 13-7 win over Albemarle Post 84 in a game rescheduled from Monday due to wet grounds.

Trenton White went two-for-four and drove in a pair of runs while teammate Lance Freeman was two-for-three with four RBI.

“I was a little upset with our energy in the last game we played against Cary,” said Windsor coach Bobby Harmon. “I told the guys that we needed to have more energy and focus, especially the way our season has been compacted due to the weather. I love the way they responded. That second inning was quite an offensive show and is about as good as we can swing it.

After a scoreless inning and a half to open the contest, Windsor exploded in the second with eight runs.

Four straight base hits off the bats of Caleb Damo, Scoop Hoggard, Brandon Roberson and Wood Trowell plated three runs to begin the onslaught. With Wood Trowell on base, Daquan Wilson drew a walk and both runners moved up on a passed ball. White then singled to left field scoring Trowell and Wilson to make it 5-0, Windsor. Miller Trowell followed with a walk and both he and White scored on Freeman’s double into the gap in left centerfield. The seven runs surrendered were all for Albemarle pitcher Ashton Felts, but reliever Shane Davis fared no better as Windsor had batted around and a sacrifice fly by Scoop Hoggard in his second at-bat of the inning scored Freeman with the eighth and final run of the frame. Windsor led 8-0 after two complete.

After Albemarle picked up a pair of runs in the top of the third, Windsor plated another run in the bottom of the inning when Jared Speight and Wilson walked. White then reached on a fielder’s choice right before Miller Trowell’s base-hit scored Speight with Windsor’s ninth run.

The Wildcats got two more in the fourth and another in the fifth to cut their deficit to four runs at 9-to-5 before Windsor closed the lid on the coffin. In bottom-five, Wilson got a two-out walk, followed by a single by White. Miller Trowell then walked to load the bases right before Freeman collected his third and fourth RBI with a single down the first-base line that scored Wilson and White. Damo then singled to right field, clearing the bases of Miller Trowell and Damo with the Rebels’ final runs of the game and a 13-5 lead. Albemarle got two more runs in the top of the sixth, but no more as Post 37 claimed a six-run win.

White started and got the win despite giving up four earned runs and four walks. He also had three strikeouts. Ryan Hoggard came on in the fifth, while Freeman pitched the final inning in the seventh.

“I thought our battery of Trenton and Wood worked very well,” said Harmon. “Trenton has been under the weather the last few days but gave us a gutsy performance, and we played defense behind him. (We’ve) just got to keep this momentum going.”

Windsor (4-2, 2-2, conference) now heads to Clayton on Sunday for a non-conference doubleheader against Post 71 at Corinth Holders High School. Tuesday the Rebels are at first-place Washington before returning home Wednesday to host Perquimans at Bertie High School Field.