Veterans got its mojo back.
Not that that sort of thing really exists, but the Warhawks certainly had to have lost a little bit of their “magic” (aka “confidence”) the first time they encountered Houston County.
That, coming back on Feb. 22, was a 15-0 loss. Not only did the shutout had to have hurt, but it also only lasted four innings and saw them held to just one hit (thanks to complete-game winner Cameron Jones).
Tuesday at Houston County was more to their liking. They beat the Bears 6-3 – both now with records of 10-4.
Veterans plated a single run in each of the first three innings. Houston County scored one in the second. The Warhawks added three more in the fifth and the Bears two in the sixth. Veterans out-hit its host 7-5.
The first run had a little help. It started off well enough, as Jacob Pierce (1-3 with two runs scored) doubled to start the game. However, Chandler Ring struck out the next hitter and coaxed the next into a ground out. The latter did get Pierce over to third where the next, Derek Wylie, struck out. However, the ball also got away enabling him to reach and Pierce to get in.
Two singles – one by Ben Gibbs and one by Matthew Nunez (1-3) – to start the second paved the way for the second run. It came via Daniel Smith’s line drive that was unable to be fielded and enabled Gibbs to score. (Smith finished 0-3 but got the RBI.)
Houston County got a little help of its own the following inning when R.J. Preston (0-2) walked, reached third on an error that enabled Logan Morris (0-3) to reach and then came home on a balk.
The Warhawks’ third run came on a double by Tyler Mayfield (1-2 with two walks and two runs scored), followed up by an RBI single by Leyton Pinckney (1-4 with the run driven in).
Veterans scored its final three courtesy of a pair of walks to start the inning, coupled with Wylie’s two-RBI single (he was 1-3 with three RBIs) and Gibbs’ RBI double (Gibbs was 2-3 with the RBI and run scored).
Finally, back-to-back singles by Jacob Profit (1-3) and Corbet Luna (2-4), followed by a couple of groundouts, brought in both of the Bears’ final runs.
Wylie also threw four innings for the win. He gave up a hit and a run while striking out six and walking one. Cole Hooks also worked two and Gibbs one. The first gave up two hits and two runs while striking out four and the second two hits, no runs, one strikeout and one walk.
Ring saw two innings for Houston County. He gave up three hits and two runs while fanning two. Jones worked two and a third, gave up four hits, four runs, struck out two and walked two. Finally, Jackson Jones worked two and two-thirds. He didn’t give up a hit or run, struck out one and walked one.