SALUDA — The old adage that walks get you beat in baseball held true Friday night for Mid-Carolina, as early control trouble led to a first inning where the Saluda Tigers put up enough runs — two — to hand Mid-Carolina its first region loss of the season.
Though Rebel hurler Josh Haney settled in and pitched a complete game for MCHS, the Rebels could not muster enough offense to get him off the hook for a two-run first inning.
In the bottom of the first, Haney got off to a shaky start by walking the first two batters. A single, a fielder’s choice and another single scored two runs before the side was retired.
Haney settled in after the first inning and finished the game with four hits and seven strike outs.
Those two runs were more than enough for Saluda starter Sam Adams who struck out ten and allowed just two hits over seven innings.
The Rebels threatened in the top of the fourth thanks to a little two-out magic.
Ryan Stoudemire hit a line drive up the middle for a hit.
After that, Haney was hit by a pitch and Shawn Sexton walked to load the bases but the three were stranded on base as the final Rebel batter of the inning struck out.
Saluda’s starter pitched around walks and did damage control in the fifth as well.
The top of the fifth Jared Joiner led off with a walk. After a strike out and another walk issued to Danton Hyman, Adams bore down and struck out the next two batters to retire the side.
Saluda edged the Rebels by a final score of 2-0.
“Sometimes the other kid has a great night and that’s what happened (with Adams),” MCHS Head Coach Daniel Gregory said. “We’ll take nothing away from Saluda and tip our hats to a team that came ready to play. We’ll learn from this, use it to get better, and go back to work on our goals this week.”
Mid-Carolina continues region play April 8 with a home game against Batesburg-Leesville.