Bantams win two of four games in weekend doubleheaders

By Derik Vanderford dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

February 24, 2014

UNION — The USC Union Bantams club baseball team came away with two wins and two losses after two doubleheaders against Gray Military Academy over the weekend.

Bantams Coach Paul Wilkes called Gray Military an all-around good baseball team that hit the ball well, played good defense, and had a good pitching staff.

“We hit the ball well all weekend, but we need to work on our situational hitting because we left some runners on base in some key situations,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes named Jake Walton the MVP for the entire weekend. Walton went four for 10 with a home run.

Wilkes also mentioned he was surprised to see the five-foot-six, 155-pound Rashad Green hit a home run out.

“He was batting lead-off for his speed, but it’s also nice to have a lead-off hitter who can put the ball out of the park,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes added that Brandon Pitts was three for eight with a double and two singles.

“I was really impressed by the way Keiston Bishop, Troy Baucom and Alec Acevedo pitched,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes pointed out that Acevedos pitched Game 4 in its entirety, and Bishop pitched his way out of two bases-loaded, no-out situations without allowing any runs to be scored.

“As long as we continue to throw strikes and play sound defense, our bats will come around, and we can live up to preseason expectations,” Wilkes said.

The stats of the two doubleheaders were as follows:

Game 1

The Bantams lost Game 1 in a final score of 5-3. Jake Walton delivered a solo home run, while Joe Beatty, David Henderson, and Kali Williams each hit singles. Williams and Matt Bostic each scored a run.

Cory Robertson pitched four innings, giving up three hits, two of which were home runs. Robertson had four strikeouts and two walks, and three batters were hit by pitches. Troy Baucom and Keiston Bishop also pitched during Game 1. Baucom allowed one hit and had one strikeout. Bishop had one strikeout, giving up two hits and one run.

Game 2

The Bantams then came back in Game 2, defeating Gray Military with a final score of 8-6. Rashad Green hit a solo home run and stole two bases, scoring a total of two runs. David Henderson hit a two-run home run and a single, scoring a total of two runs. Joe Beatty had a walk and a stolen base. Jake Walton hit two singles and scored two runs. Kali Williams hit a sacrifice fly with an RBI. Keiston Bishop hit a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt, with one RBI. Nick Owen hit a double with one RBI. Brandon Pitts hit a single and a double, scoring one run.

Bantams pitcher Braxton Lambert started the game, giving up four hits and five runs and walking three batters. Lambert was taken out in the third inning, with Keiston Bishop relieving. Bishop — the winning pitcher — had two strikeouts and gave up four hits, four walks, and one run.

Game 3

The Bantams were shut out in Game 3 on Sunday, losing to Gray Military with a final score of 7-0. Rashad Green had a walk and two stolen bases; Jake Walton had two walks; Dave Henderson had a single; Nick Owen and Alec Acevedo each had a single and a walk; and Mike Wood had a walk. Bantams pitcher Devonte Glenn had five strikeouts, giving up six hits, five walks, and seven runs.

Game 4

The Bantams came back in Game 4, defeating Gray Military with a final score of 7-3. Rashad Green had a walk and scored one run; Brandon Pitts had a single and a walk, scoring one run; Jake Walton had a single, was hit by a pitch, and scored two runs; Nick Owen had a single, a walk, and hit by pitch; David Henderson had a sacrifice fly, a walk, and one RBI; Alec Acevedo had two walks with one run scored; and Matt Bostic and Tyler Grubbs each had a walk with one run scored.

Alec Acevedo pitched the entire game, delivering eight strikeouts and giving up five hits, one walk and three runs.

Upcoming Games

The Bantams will take on Clemson’s D1 club baseball team in an away game Friday night and a home game Saturday. They will play at 7 p.m. Friday night at Clemson, and at noon Saturday at Timken Sports Complex in Union.

The Bantams upcoming schedule is as follows:

Feb. 28 — 7 p.m. — at Clemson

Mar. 1 — noon — vs. Clemson (at Timken Sports Complex)

Mar. 15 — 7 p.m. — vs. Gray Military (at Timken Sports Complex)

Mar. 16 — 7 p.m. — vs. Gray Military (at Timken Sports Complex)

Mar. 29 — 1 p.m. — vs. Tennessee (at Timken Sports Complex)

Mar. 30 — 1 p.m. — vs. Tennessee (at Timken Sports Complex)

Apr. 5 — 1 p.m. — at Armstrong Atlantic

Apr. 6 — 1 p.m. — at Armstrong Atlantic

Apr. 12 — 1 p.m. — vs. Furman (at Timken Sports Complex)

Apr. 13 — 1 p.m. — vs. Furman (at Timken Sports Complex)

Apr. 26 — 1 p.m. — vs. Methodist

Apr. 27 — 1 p.m. — vs. Methodist

May 2-4 — Playoffs in Martinsville, Va.

May 16-20 — 2014 NCBA Division II World Series at Brooks Stadium in Paducah, Ky.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 29.