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Ninety Six breezes past error-prone Knights

Posted: April 27, 2017 9:29 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2017 1:00 a.m.

This is how things go from good to “What the heck is going on out there.”

Getting a home run from leadoff batter Cam Holley to open Tuesday’s AA District I baseball tourney opener at Ninety Six, North Central was off and running with a quck 1-0.

The visiting Knights’ momentum came to a grinding halt as Ninety Six followed up a two-run bottom of the first by scoring six more in the second and adding a three-spot in the third to take a commanding 11-2 lead. The Wildcats tacked on six more runs in the bottom of the fourth to invoke the 15- run rule in a 17-2 romp.

The loss dropped NC into Thursday’s elimination game with Keenan. The winner will travel to face the loser of the Ninety Six versus Chesnee pairing on Saturday in a 4 p.m. start. The winner of Saturday’s game will then have to beat the winner of the Ninety Six vs. Chesnee game twice on Monday in order to advance to the AA Upper State tournament.

Tuesday’s game was an example of the statistics only being partially correct as each team collected eight hits on the night with Chase Stephens and Tyler Faulkenberry having two each for NC. The numbers which told the larger story were in the pitching and fielding department. The Knights’ trio of pitchers combined for seven walks while the guests’ defense committed eight errors with half of those coming in the bottom of the second.

Following Holley’s home run, NC scored a run in the third as Chance Mangum had a two-out single scored on a Jeremiah Jenkins single to right. An inning later, the Knights left the bases loaded leading to Ninety Six closing this one early by scoring six runs to extend its lead to 15.

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