Westchester rips RMA in game 1 of title series
One down, one to go.
Westchester Country Day defeated the Rocky Mount Academy 7-2 on Friday night in the opening game of the NCISAA 2A baseball championship series.
Wildcats starting pitcher Adam Kirkman seemed shaky in the first inning, walking the leadoff batter and allowing a single. But he retired 14 of the next 15 hitters to stifle the opposition.
“He was pretty amped up to start,” Westchester coach Joey Hammond said. “He pitched in a game-3 clincher last year. So, he’s been in more stressful situations — he wasn’t nervous.”
The Wildcats took the lead in the first inning off a Donnie Sellers two-run home run to left. Tyler Marion almost followed up with another home run, but the ball curved foul.
W.J. Jessup knocked in another run for the Wildcats in the second with a sacrifice fly to center. Micah Hedgepeth scored on the play to put Westchester up 3-0 in the second. In the third, Luke Puckett singled to right knocking in Marion to put the Wildcats up 4-0.
Rocky Mount Academy finally started hitting Kirkman in the sixth. The Eagles loaded the bases with no outs before a lightning delay suspended play for 30 minutes. Sellers took the mound after the rain delay and only allowed the Eagles to score once.
Kirkman got the win in five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and three walkes while striking out six. Sellers struck out four in two innings of relief. The duo was one of the big keys to winning for Hammond.
“Our pitching was really strong for us tonight,” Hammond said. “We were able to keep the game under control and that early home run took a little pressure off for us.”
Brandon Griffin was credited with the loss for RMA in 5 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hit and three walks.
Puckett led the way from the plate going 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Sellers also contributed offensively with two RBIs.
Game 2 is today at 11 a.m., and game three, if necessary, will be approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game 2. Marion will take the mound for the Wildcats as they seek their second consecutive championship.