Central takes advantage of Southwest’s miscues
A trio of errors helped lift High Point Central to a 6-2 Piedmont Triad 4A win at Southwest Guilford on Thursday.
Alex Burnett helped manufacture a game-changing, two-run fifth inning by ripping an RBI single to tie the game at 2. Later in the frame, he came home on a wild pitch to score the go-ahead run.
“It’s the chain effect. One hit leads to another,” Burnett said. “Getting that hit and scoring that run stopped their momentum and started ours up.”
Southwest starter Zach Saylor tossed 6 1/3 innings of five-hit baseball, surrendering three runs – two of them earned – while striking out three. His defense committed three errors, two of which directly led to runs.
In the top of the second, Colin Fowler doubled to lead off the inning. Two batters later, John Furr’s grounder was not fielded cleanly, and an ill-advised throw home allowed Fowler to score the first run of the game.
In the fifth, it was an error that prolonged the inning for Burnett to account for the pair of runs that put Central on top.
“High Point Central is a good baseball team and they deserved to win tonight,” said Southwest coach Reid Holmes, who offered that there is “no magic formula” for snapping the Cowboys (7-7, 1-5 PTC) three-game skid. “I’m proud of my guys’ effort. We just didn’t do enough to win. With the teams in our conference, if you’re not on top of your game every night, this is the result. We have to start playing better defense and start getting timely hits.”
Kennedy Hardy added a two-run single in a three-run seventh to provide Central with the game’s final margin.
Josh Wilson pitched 4 2/3 innings, scattering two runs on four hits, fanning one and walking two. Ryan Kahny closed it out for the Bison (10-4, 3-3 PTC).
“We haven’t scored a ton of runs lately, so that was pretty big,” said Bison coach Ken Morgan. “We were able to put some things together, caught a break or two in both [the fifth and seventh] innings. In the fifth, we were able to build some momentum and get a couple runs across. My kids had good at-bats and really bore down and focused on the goal.”