UNION — The USC Union Bantams club baseball team defeated Columbus State with two blowout victories in Saturday’s doubleheader.
The Bantams won the first game with a final score of 15-2. The winning pitcher was relief pitcher Cory Robertson, who pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up no hits or runs and delivering six strikeouts. At bat, Robertson was hit by two pitches and walked, and he scored three runs.
“Cory came in and shut the door on them,” said Coach Paul Wilkes. “He pitched three and two-thirds of no-hit ball. You can’t ask for any better.”
The starting pitcher was Braxton Lambert, who pitched one and one-third inning, giving up one hit and two runs and delivering two strikeouts.
Jake Walton hit a single and a double, with one RBI and three runs scored; Brandon Pitts hit four singles, with four RBIs and two runs scored; Joe Beatty scored two runs; Nick Owen had one sacrifice fly RBI; Alec Acevedo hit a single, with one RBI and one run scored; Keiston Bishop was hit by a pitch and hit a single, with one RBI; Matt Bostic hit a single and a triple with one RBI and two runs scored; Mike Wood hit two singles with an RBI and a stolen base; Tyler Grubbs hit a single and scored one run; and Kali Williams had one stolen base.
Wilkes mentioned that Brandon Pitts hit the ball well in key situations.
“I have been saying all season long that our team can be very dangerous if we start reaching our potential with our bats,” Wilkes said. “I was very pleased to see us hit the ball around the park like we did.”
The Bantams won Game 2 of the doubleheader with a final score of 18-5. The winning pitcher was starter Troy Baucom, who pitched three and one-third innings, delivering seven strikeouts, allowing two hits and five runs. Relief pitcher Rashaad Green pitched one and two-thirds inning, delivering three strikeouts and allowing one hit.
Alec Acevedo hit two singles, with a walk, two RBIs, two stolen bases and two runs scored; Rashaad Green hit a single, with two walks, three stolen bases and three runs scored; Keiston Bishop hit two singles, with a walk, three stolen bases and two runs scored; Matt Bostic hit a single, with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored; Devontae Glenn hit a single and a double, with a sacrifice fly RBI, a stolen base and one run scored; Cory Robertson hit a single, with two stolen bases and one run scored; Kali Williams was walked, scored one run and stole a base; Mike Wood was walked and scored one run; Tyler Grubbs was walked twice and scored two runs; Floyd Small hit a single; Jake Walton hit a single, with one stolen base and one run scored; Cody Ledford hit two singles, with one stolen base and one run scored; and Joe Beatty was walked, stole a base, and scored one run.
“I was really proud of the team this weekend,” Wilkes said following the second game. “We had 26 hits to their 4 hits.”
The Bantams play Furman in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and in a single game at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13. The series with Furman is the team’s last conference series of the year. The winner of the series will win the District III-West Division and will be awarded an automatic berth into the playoffs.
Before their doubleheader on Saturday, April 12, Coach Wilkes and several Bantams players will also be involved in Dixie Youth Opening Day which is slated for noon that day at Timken Sports Complex.
Wilkes, David Henderson, Nick Owen and Joe Beatty will coach the 7- and 8-year-olds Dixie Youth baseball team sponsored by Trans-South Wrestling. The Trans-South Wrestling Youth Baseball team will be introduced on Field No. 5 before the Bantams play Furman. Also, a TSW wrestler will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.