Sims ties then wins in doubleheader

By Derik Vanderford dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

March 14, 2014

UNION — The Sims Tigers baseball team began its regular season with a doubleheader on the road at Byrnes on Wednesday.

Game 1 of the Tigers’ doubleheader with the Byrnes Rebels C Team ended in a 6-6 tie.

Sims took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after an RBI by Princeton Hunter. Byrnes answered back in the same inning, putting up five points and gaining a 5-1 lead going into the second inning. The gap was closed in the third inning, thanks to an RBI by Chase Davis which made the score 5-2.

In the fourth inning with bases loaded, Tykevaes Kershaw blasted a shot to the gap in right field for a stand-up triple and three RBIs. Kershaw was batted in for another RBI by Chase Davis, giving Sims a 6-5 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Byrnes answered back with another run, tying the game 6-6.

The game was eventually called due to time, ending in a 6-6 tie.

Andrew Floyd was the solo pitcher for the game, recording five strikeouts.

In the second game of the day, the Sims Tigers defeated the Byrnes C team in a final score of 11-5.

Byrnes led the game 1-0 going into the second, and Sims answered with two points in the second inning and a five-run drive in the third. Another four-run drive in the fourth inning gave Sims an 11-2 lead going into the final inning.

Trey Lyles recorded the last out with a 4-3 ground ball. The solo pitcher for the game was Chase Davis.

Players to record hits were Tykevaes Kershaw, Chase Davis, Princeton Hunter, Samuel Brannon, Rett Wages, Dee Davis, Alijajuan Rice and Quadrik Smith.

“This was an extremely windy game,” said Coach Tee Farr. “It did not take long for the wind to become extremely cold. The players maintained a positive attitude and played hard. I am proud of their efforts and discipline on the field, particularly on our first regular season game, on the road and under the conditions.”