NEWBERRY — Saturday welcomed this year’s Newberry County JV Baseball Tournament at Newberry High’s Bill Harvey Field with the host Bulldogs going undefeated in the round robin format.
Game One: Newberry 10, Whitmire 9
Whitmire had a 7-to-1 lead after 2.5 innings of play but Newberry would not see an advantage on their side of the scoreboard until the final play of the game.
Andrew Livingston got the start of the morning for Newberry as he only allowed one Wolverine to score despite seeing the bases loaded on the final two batters he faced.
Whitmire’s biggest damage came in the second inning as they put five Wolverines across home plate.
Jacob Robertson and Alex Ellison both hit doubles in the inning while Hunter Adams and Austin Jenkins hit singles which all came with one out or less.
Newberry entered its half of the seventh inning needing three runs to take the win since the game was already having lasted well past two hours.
Livingston hit a one out double before he was brought home one batter later from Dee Gallman’s triple.
Gallman tied the score while Trey Kinard was reaching first on an infield error.
Terrell Rogers took over for Gallman at second as he advanced to third while Ben Blackmon, who had reached on a single, moved down to second on a wild pitch to Tyran Graham.
Graham loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch.
With one out, the entire Whitmire infield played shallow with any hit they fielded going home.
Justin Busby got an infield hit as the throw to home tagged out a sliding Rogers.
Whitmire attempted to turn it into a double play but the throw to first flew into the outfield which allowed Blackmon to score the winning run.
Game Two: Mid-Carolina 11, Whitmire 7
With the tournament and day now about 20 degrees warmer than when it started, the sweatpants were being traded in for shorts while the morning hot chocolate drinkers were now enjoying chicken bog for their dinner.
Four consecutive Rebel batters got hits in the third inning with Logan Folk, Cole Shealy, Corey Stone and Brock Bryant all hitting singles.
Shealy got an RBI while Bryant’s bases loaded hit brought home two Rebels.
Bud Snelgrove’s sacrifice fly to centerfield and Cole Nichols’ single helped Mid-Carolina in their scoring five runs in this inning.
Whitmire’s biggest inning came in the fifth inning as seven-of-nine straight batters reached base.
Mark Ford and Chase McCarley drew walks while West Jenkins, Jenkins, Ellison, Jamaal Holley and Robertson each hit singles.
Five of these Wolverines reached base with two outs.
Game Three: Newberry 7, Mid-Carolina 2
In the most anticipated match-up of the day, the crowd of several hundred in attendance jockeyed for the best viewing spots as the Rebels and Bulldogs have always closed out the tournament in its seven or so years of existence.
Newberry, being the visiting team, moved back to its old dug out along the third base side.
After denying the Bulldogs to even touch second base, Mid-Carolina produced its first run of the game when Shawn Sexton’s 5-3 putout at first brought home teammate Shealy, who led off the inning with a single.
With the score tied at a run apiece through the first three innings, Newberry went on a 5-to-0 run in the next three innings.
The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the fifth as they led off the inning with a full-count walk to Livingston. Livingston stole second and would advance to third after the sacrifice bunt from Patrick Yoder.
Yoder went the entire distance for Newberry on the mound.
Kinard took the first pitch he saw to left field which brought home Livingston for the 3-to-1 score.
Graham led off the sixth with an infield error as he reached third after Ryan Huggins’ double.
Alec Blackmon hit a two rbi double one pitch later as he scored when Gallman hit a 1-2 single as the score was now 6-to-one.