PREP BASEBALL

'Velt errors lead to Wallace rout

2012-04-21T21:30:00Z 2012-11-15T19:40:16Z 'Velt errors lead to Wallace routBy David P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 21, 2012 9:30 pm  • 

GARY | It's tough to score 14 runs on only three hits.

But that's exactly what Lew Wallace did Saturday night at the U.S. Steel Yard. The Hornets beat city rival Roosevelt 14-3 in the RailCats High School Challenge nightcap.

The Panthers did their share to help those runs come across, notching nine errors and throwing six wild pitches.

On the other side, Hornets pitcher Quentin Harris allowed only one hit himself, striking out seven, walking three and allowing three runs (two earned) over five innings.

Wallace opened things up with a big first inning. Each of the first four batters scored as the Panthers committed three errors and Rodney Hawkins threw four wild pitches. The frame was highlighted by a Ricky Scott triple that brought in Jarod Heath from second. Scott also scored on a throwing error.

The Hornets poured on four more runs in the next inning with only one hit – a Heath single. After Hawkins allowed two runs, 'Velt brought in Bradrick Poats to stop the bleeding.

Poats gave up two more unearned runs, but struck out a pair to get out of the inning. He allowed no tallies in the third.

In the top half of the fourth, Evan Heard walked and advanced to third on a passed ball and Deron Downton ground-out. Anthony McCoy's sacrifice brought heard across to make the score 9-2.

Sherman Brown cleared loaded bases with his double in the Hornets fourth. Harris followed that with a sacrifice fly to bring in Brown. Including a run on another passed ball, Lew Wallace put up five more runs to make it 14-2 after four.

Deshaun Monroe drove in Hawkins with a single to right in the fifth inning. It was the first hit the Panthers tallied in the game.

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