NEWBERRY — The Newberry High School Bulldogs exploded for seven runs in the third inning to pull away from the Whitmire Wolverines Monday night in non-conference action at Bill Harvey Field.
WCS had an early 1-0 lead but Senior Austin Williams (1-4) struggled his second time through the batting order. In the big third inning, line drive base hits, errors and passed balls hurt Williams’ efforts to pull off the upset of NHS as Bulldog baserunners alertly took extra bases when opportunities presented.
Williams walked five and allowed five earned runs. Cole Miller, Logan McMellon and Cole Whitmire came on in relief. The Bulldogs added four more runs in the late innings for an 11-1 victory in six innings.
NHS Senior left hander Devin Harmon shook off allowing a run in the first and shut out the Wolverines the rest of the way. Harmon went six innings, giving up one hit and one run, while striking out 10.
Leading hitters for NHS were Jared Harmon (2-4, 2 RBI), Trey Kinard (2-3), Shai Werts (1-2, 2 RBI) and Devin Harmon helped himself at the plate going 1-2 with 2 RBI.
The Bulldogs stole five bases against WCS sophomore Chris Keisler who had a tough night behind the plate with a passed ball and an error that led to the big NHS inning.
The Bulldogs returned to conference action Tuesday night at Lindy Richardson Field versus Mid-Carolina but game results were not available at press time.
The Dogs hope to reverse the outcome of a home loss to MCHS earlier this season.
West Jenkins (1-3) had the lone hit for the Wolverines. Alex Ellison reached on an error and stole a base for WCS.
“It’s always tough to play MC at their place. Hopefully we can go down there and play well,” NHS Head Coach Lindsey Stribble said.