NINETY SIX — Newberry High School varsity baseball fared well through four innings versus Ninety Six but an eight-run fifth inning was the Bulldogs’ undoing Friday night.
Starting pitcher Ryne Huggins was sharp early, striking out seven Wildcat batters through four innings but was lifted in the fifth for Kevis Burton.
Burton struggled and recorded just one out before yielding to pitcher Patrick Yoder who pitched a bit before being relieved by Andrew Livingston.
The Wildcats benefited from three errors and some untimely walks to make the score 9-0 at the end of five innings.
Newberry scratched out a run in the top of the seventh inning but that was all the Bulldogs could muster.
Back-to-back hits from Hercules Ethridge, Kevis Burton and Trey Kinard allowed NHS to plate one run and avoid the shut out.
Walks, errors and unearned runs told the story on the night, as Ninety Six out hit Newberry just 5-4 for the game.
Newberry (5-2, 1-2) returns to the diamond to host region foe Batesburg-Leesville on Tuesday night at Bill Harvey Field.