NEWBERRY — The Newberry High baseball teams took a twin bill over Fairfield Central High School on Thursday to open their 2014 home season.
The JV Bulldogs only trailed after the first inning as they scored six unanswered runs in a 6-2 victory.
Kevin Yoder picked up the win while Bailey Clark got the save. Bulldog pitchers struck out eight Griffins, walked three and allowed two hits. They only had one inning in which they faced more than four batters.
Leading 4-1 in the fourth inning and two outs, Clark hit a bases loaded double to right field that drove in two runs.
Justin Busby, Damian Goree and Chris Wadsworth each garnered two hits for the JV Bulldogs.
In the night cap, the varsity Bulldogs improved to 4-0 as the ten run mercy rule fell into effect after 4.5 innings.
NHS defeated FCHS 12-2.
Kevis Burton was the winning pitcher while the save went to Pat Yoder. Together they struck out five Griffins and did effective damage control to pitch around four walks.
The Bulldogs were alert on the base paths and capitalized on several wild pitches by FCHS. That combined with timely hitting and solid defense to deliver the winning margin.
Ryne Huggins doubled in a run in the second inning and the Bulldogs added three more unearned runs from wild pitches or errant pick off attempts.
NHS blew the game open after an inning and half. With the Bulldogs nursing a one-run lead, NHS scored four runs in each of the second and third innings.
The four spot in the third was keyed by hits from Deuntray Gallman, Huggins, Shai Werts, Andrew Livingston and Jack Huggins and by Ben Blackmon being hit by a pitch.
For the game, Werts had a single, double and two walks. Hercules Etheredge got two singles. Ryne Huggins had a single and a double and Burton walked twice.
Newberry has home games with Abbeville on Tuesday and Whitmire on Wednesday before traveling to Ninety Six on Friday.