Warriors dispatch Rams

Published 12:15 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017

AHOSKIE – Lawrence Academy scored in every inning and used an early lead to down rival Ridgecroft School 13-1 here Monday in Tarheel Independent Conference baseball action.

The win was Lawrence’s seventh of the season against no losses and moved the Warriors temporarily into first place alone in the TIC, a half-game ahead of Terra Ceia.

The Warriors captured the lead in the first inning.  With one out, Austin Wynne was hit by a pitch, went to third base on Wood Trowell’s double, and scored when Jarrett Harrell grounded out. Charles Atkins’ single to left field scored Trowell for a 2-0 Lawrence lead after a half-inning.

After adding another run in the second inning, the Warriors scored three more runs in the third inning. Harrell walked, stole second, took third on a passed ball, and scored on Slade Cowan’s single to right field. After Miller Trowell reached on a fielder’s choice, Cowan scored on another fielder’s choice, and Cheese White’s sacrifice fly brought in Lawrence’s sixth run of the game.

Two more Warrior runs crossed in the top of the fourth when Atkins reached on an error with two out. Back-to-back doubles by Cowan and Miller Trowell plated the two runs that made it 8-0, Warriors.

Lawrence Academy’s Miller Trowell digs for third base on one of his two successful stolen base attempts Monday against Ridgecroft School. The Warriors won their seventh in a row with the 13-1 victory over the rival Rams. | Staff Photo / Gene Motley

Ridgecroft finally cracked through in the bottom of the frame. Zeb Askew singled – on the first hit surrendered by Wood Trowell – moved up a base when David Basnight was hit by a pitch, then scored from second on a two-base Lawrence error. It was 8-1, Lawrence, after four innings.

After getting a ninth run in the top of the fifth, Lawrence put it out of reach with four runs in the sixth inning. After back-to-back walks, Nixon Rascoe delivered a pair with a line-drive single to left. Another run scored on a base hit and the fourth run scored when Gavin Smithwick reached on an error.

Harrell came on in relief to close out the game in the bottom of the sixth and despite hitting a batter, recorded three strikeouts to end the contest.

Lawrence collected ten hits. Slade Cowan and DaQuan Wilson were both 2-for-4, while Rascoe had four runs-batted-in. Lawrence runners also stole six bases during the game; two each by Wilson and Miller Trowell.

Wood Trowell earned the win on the mound for the Warriors. He threw three and a third innings, surrendering one run, a hit, seven strikeouts, and no walks. DaQuan Wilson threw an inning-and two-thirds, while Harrell threw one inning to finish off the victory.

Askew and Lane Slacta got the lone hits for Ridgecroft. Jarrett Burden took the loss; he pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs, eight hits, and struck out three.

The Warriors long road-trip continues, as they played at Northeast Academy last evening (Wednesday) in a game not completed by press-time. Today (Thursday) they’re in Goldsboro against Wayne Country Day; and they head to Belhaven on Monday to play Pungo.