Bison blank Spartans 10-0 in five innings

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 10:05 PM

Needing to rebound from Thursday’s tough Piedmont Triad 4A Conference loss against Glenn, the High Point Central baseball team responded by dominating Central Davidson, notching a 10-0 victory in five innings Saturday.

With only three games remaining on the schedule, the Bison used the nonconference win in the TMC Varsity Classic at Finch Field as a reminder of why they have won 15 games thus far.

“I’m proud of my guys for responding the way they did.” Bison head coach Ken Morgan said. “We had a tough loss the other night and we really needed to rebound and not have a let-down game.” 

Josh Wilson pitched all five innings, giving up only one hit while striking out four. He got an early lead to work with when Central scored two runs in the first inning and five runs in the third.

Bison shortstop Will Johnson went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and the game-ending triple in the bottom of the fifth. Up 7-0, Johnson smacked a fastball deep into the gap in left-center field with the bases loaded. All three runners scored, giving the Bison the 10-run rule victory.

“I’m glad we were able to relax and have a good time out here,” Morgan said of playing on the Thomasville HiToms’ field. “We were focused on hitting the ball well and we did just that.”

Four of Central’s 12 hits came in the third inning as it batted around and put up five runs. Center fielder Ryan Kahny and left fielder Tyler Wilson each knocked in a pair of runs.

“We’re practicing really hard right now and pushing ourselves,” winning pitcher Josh Wilson said.

Wilson, a left-handed pitcher, used a curveball and changeup combination to keep the Spartan hitters off balance. His twelve-to-six curve ball and deceiving changeup kept Central Davidson (5-11, 3-6 Central Carolina 2A Conference) from generating any offense – its lone hit of the night was an infield single.

“I liked my changeup tonight,” Wilson said. “I’m able to release that just like my fastball, but at a different speed. We were just trying to have fun and play hard today.”

Wilson’s strong outing gave Morgan more confidence in his already impressive starting rotation.

“He’s a great contrast to our two other guys. We have two hard throwing righties, and he’s a softer throwing lefty. He was pretty impressive tonight; better than expected.” Morgan said.

Central (15-5, 7-3 PTC) plays host to Southwest Guilford and Ragsdale on Tuesday and Friday of next week in critical games that it needs to win to have any chance of catching first-place Northwest Guilford in the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference race.

Northwest would need to lose its two remaining games and Central win its two for the Bison to clinch a conference championship.

“We have a couple of huge games coming up for us, and we need to finish the regular season strong,” Morgan said.