Published: 11:38 PM, Tue Apr 03, 2012
Terry Sanford tightens grip on league lead, beating South View 5-1
The motto for the just-completed NCAA basketball tournament has for years been survive and advance.
Terry Sanford baseball coach Sam Guy borrowed the same theme for his Bulldogs on Tuesday, as they got just enough pitching and timely hitting to hold off South View, 5-1, in a Mid-South 4-A baseball game at the Terry Sanford field.
The win keeps the Bulldogs alone in first place in the conference at 8-0 in the league, 10-4 overall. South View slid to 5-7 overall, 4-4 in the conference.
Terry Sanford only mustered seven hits against South View starter and loser Jordan Redd, but most of them came in situations where Terry Sanford had runners on base.
"That's always good,'' Guy said. "We haven't stung the ball all year, but we've gotten runners over, stolen some bags and had some clutch two-out hits.''
Guy said the Bulldogs are batting about .250 as a team, and are playing a lot of young players.
"I've got four seniors, two juniors and six sophomores,'' he said. "We're starting four or five sophomores any given night. We're plugging along.''
Pitching was also key for the Bulldogs as starter Michael Downing and reliever Taylor Warren held South View to just one hit, a double by Anthony Luna.
Guy pulled Downing in the fourth inning because he was having control problems that were caused by a blister on his middle finger. Before leaving the game, Downing had walked six batters and hit one.
Terry Sanford led 4-1 when Warren entered the game, but South View had runners at first and second with only one out.
"I needed to come in and throw strikes,'' Warren said. "That's what he asked me to do.''
Warren regrouped by striking out the next Tiger batter. Terry Sanford center fielder Tyler Tew then robbed the Tigers of a big inning when he made a diving catch of Scott Simmons' long drive to center for the third out.
From there, Warren held the Tigers hitless, finishing with four strikeouts and three walks.
"We walked a lot but our defense played solid behind both pitchers tonight and I was glad for that,'' Warren said.
Tiger coach Scott Ellis said his team had chances early but couldn't get hits with runners on. "We played a pretty good game defensively,'' Ellis said. "We couldn't get a rally going late. We had our chances. It just didn't work out.''
Terry Sanford wraps up its pre-Easter break schedule with a home game against Purnell Swett today and a conference match at E.E. Smith on Thursday. They'll travel to Union Pines next week for an Easter tournament.
"We've got to work hard today, and tomorrow we've got to get better than we were yesterday,'' Guy said. He knows Cape Fear is a close second in the standings, so he wants his team to approach the rest of the season as if they're battling for a playoff spot.
"We just need to keep doing what we're doing,'' Guy said.
Terry Sanford 5, South View 1
South View ....... 001 000 0 - 1 1 3
Terry Sanford ... 220 001 x - 5 7 1
Redd and McMaster; Downing, T. Warren (4) and Dounouk. W - Downing (3-1). L -Redd (3-3).
Leading hitters: SV - Luna 1-3 (2B). TS - Ingle 2-3 (RBI), Downing 1-3, T. Warren 1-3 (RBI), A. Warren 2-3.
Records: South View 5-7, 4-4; Terry Sanford 10-4, 8-0.