Wilson Senn For The Observer
March 18, 2014
NEWBERRY — Newberry High School’s Bill Harvey Field was the site of the annual Newberry County JV Baseball Tournament with the Bulldogs taking top honors after a sweep of Whitmire and Mid-Carolina in the round robin format.
The first game of the tournament was an extra innings thriller with Newberry defeating the Wolverines 9-8 in 10 innings.
Whitmire struck first by getting two runners aboard in the first inning. Chase Hood reached on an infield error and then West Jenkins singled.
Alex Ellison knocked in Hood with a single before NHS pitcher Tyran Graham retired three straight Wolverines to end the threat.
NHS got something going in the bottom frame when Trey Kinard hit a two-out single and then scored on a Jamey Busby triple. Graham matched that with a triple of his own to drive in Kinard.
Whitmire scored in both the third and fourth innings to add two more runs. Then in the sixth inning they added three more to close out the Wolverine scoring at eight.
In the second NHS scratched across a run before hanging a five spot on the Wolverines in the fifth inning.
Whitmire pitching settled in and only faced the minimum from the seventh through the ninth inning.
The teams were tied at nine heading into the bottom of the tenth.
For NHS, Justin Busby reached on an infield error and advanced to second on Bailey Clark’s sacrifice bunt. After Kinard was thrown out at first, Graham put runners at the corners when he was hit by a pitch. Then, on the second pitch he saw, Andrew Livingston hit a walk off single to center field.
Mid-Carolina 12, Whitmire 2 (6.5 innings)
In the next game of the round robin tournament, Whitmire came up short against Mid-Carolina. Whitmire threatened early after an Austin Jenkins double and took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Chase McCorley knocked in Jenkins.
Mid-Carolina JV answered in a big way, scoring nine unanswered in the next four innings, including a five-run sixth.
Marshall Horne walked to lead off the sixth and a CJ Wicker single put runners at the corners. Those Rebels scored and the MCHS worked Whitmire into a bases loaded jam after Evan Lovelady was hit by a pitch and Cade Ruff and Drew Cromer walked.
RJ Wadsworth singled home two runs. Whitmire changed pitchers but Phillip Taylor gave up single that drove in another run.
Three more Rebels scored in the top of the seventh and the game was called due to the mercy rule.
Newberry 3, Mid-Carolina 2 (7 innings)
The Bulldogs and Rebels met in the final game of the tournament in a winner take all game. The winner would sweep the round robin format tournament.
Newberry struck early. A wild pitch in the first inning allowed one runner to score for NHS. Later that inning, Busby, who led off the inning with a hit, hustled home from first on an infield error by Darrell Taylor.
MCHS JV cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth inning.
In the seventh, the Rebels tied the game. Cromer led off with a walk. He advanced to third and came around to score on an error. NHS tried to throw him out at third, but the throw was off line.
NHS pulled out the win in the bottom of the seventh. Adam Kesler led off with a single. A wild pitch advanced him to second and he reached third thanks to a sacrifice bunt.
Clark dug in to try and drive in a run but instead he watched a wild pitch sail by which allowed Kesler to hustle home from third and clinch the tournament for the JV Bulldogs.