The Class 2A, fifth-ranked Tigers racked up nine hits against Saks and cruised to an 11-6 victory on the second day of the Bradey Munroe Memorial Tournament.
“Everybody got to play a little bit, so that’s a good thing,” Randolph County coach Pat Prestridge said. “Hopefully, it took the spring break out of them a little bit.”
Randolph County jumped out early with three runs on four walks and a hit in the first.
“We hit the ball some, but I think their pitcher was struggling a little bit,” Prestridge said. “We took advantage of that with some key hits.”
But the Saks batters responded in the bottom half, scoring a run after Josh Wilson, Corpio Dennard and David O’Dell each singled to start the inning.
That’s when Randolph County (14-2) blew it open.
The Tigers sent each batter to the plate once in the second inning in compiling five runs. The crushing blow for Saks came off the bat of J.R. Roundtree, who doubled in Levi Phillips, Lance Daniel and Skyler Williamson.
Levi Scarbary settled in on the mound for the Tigers, retiring the next six batters he faced before being pulled. Saks had no response to Randolph County’s attack until Prestridge pulled his starters with an 11-1 lead.
“They played a lot of eighth- and ninth-graders,” Saks coach Wes Ginn said. “They played their junior high kids against us. They were nice to us.”
Faced with the game ending because of the 10-run mercy rule, the Wildcats stayed alive as they added three runs. Joseph Duke provided the big hit in the inning with a two-RBI single. He eventually came home on an error.
“We did hit the ball fairly decent at times,” Ginn said. “We had a lot of base hits, but we just got behind early and that set the tone in the first few innings.”
Saks was at it again in the seventh inning with O’Dell and Duke scoring on a double by Garrett Lee, but the rally came up short with the game ending with runners on second and third.
Scarbary earned the win, throwing three innings, while allowing an earned run and three hits.
Williamson led the Tigers offensively with two hits, two RBIs and a run, while Daniel had a hit, two runs and two RBIs and Roundtree added a hit and three RBIs.
Josh Wilson and Duke each had two-hit games for Saks (6-6), while Corpio Dennard and Lee each had a hit.
The win for Randolph County was simply part of the trend Prestridge’s team has established this season. The Tigers’ only losses came to Cleburne County and Handley, and Prestridge said the team has gotten better at hitting, but everything has to come together in the next three weeks for playoffs.
“We’ve got to knock that ego off our shoulder,” he said. “On any given day anybody can win in baseball because of one mistake here or one mistake there.”
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