Richard Winn overcomes early deficit to beat Oakbrook 9-1

By Lucas Vance

March 27, 2014

WINNSBORO — Richard Winn’s (6-3, 3-1) baseball team defeated Oakbrook Prep on Thursday, 9-1.

The Eagles out hit Oakbrook 10-4.

Starting pitcher Austin Knox (4-0) only allowed one run through five innings of work.

Knox didn’t give up a walk and struck out nine batters.

He was efficient, throwing just 70 pitches with only 20 out of the strike-zone.

Knox struck out the lead-off batter of the game and then gave up a double, followed by an RBI-single.

After giving away the early lead, Knox proceeded to retire the next 13 batters consecutively.

Zeros filled up the score sheet until Knox plunked a batter with two outs in the fifth inning.

With Knox settling in, the Eagle hitters scored two runs in the first inning, two runs in the second inning, two runs in the third inning and two runs in the fifth inning.

Knox capped off the scoring when he hit a towering homerun to deep center-field in the sixth inning.

After the game, Richard Winn head coach Al Berry praised his team’s pitching and hitting, but was especially pleased with the defense. The Eagles didn’t commit a single error.

“We’ve been working on our fielding and we take a lot of pride in our defense,” he noted. “The guys are playing good defense and we’ve been working really hard on our hitting. We try to play good defense and bring that to the game every time.”

See the April 1 edition of The Herald Independent for a full game recap.

Richard Winn takes a break from region action on Saturday (March 29) when they play at Great Falls at 5:30 pm.

The Eagles are back at home on Monday (March 31) when they host Spartanburg Christian at 6 p.m.

OP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1-4-3

RW 2 2 2 0 2 1 - —9-10-0

WP: Austin Knox 4-0.

LP: Osha.

RWA hitters: Matt Taylor 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 Run. Blake Pauley 2-2 2 RBI, 2 Run. Patrick Pope 2-3 2 RBI, 1 Run. Austin Knox 1-4 HR.

Oakbrook hitters: Simmons 2-3 1 Run. Slade Glenn 1-3 1 RBI. Nelson Seay 1-3.