By Lucas Vance
April 4, 2014
WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn (9-3, 5-1) baseball team notched a region win Monday night when they defeated Spartanburg Christian 5-0.
Starting pitcher Patrick Pope threw a four-hit complete game shutout for the Eagles as they cruised by Spartanburg Christian.
Pope baffled hitters as he struck out five and didn’t give up a walk. He never threw more than 14 pitches in an inning and totaled 83 for the contest, with 60 going for strikes.
Richard Winn head coach Al Berry was pleased with his right handed fire-baller after the game.
“He (Pope) was throwing both his fastball and breaking ball for a strike and locating really well,” Berry said. “He is throwing really well right now and is in great shape.”
Pope also did damage at the plate as he led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to left field. He eventually came home on Austin Knox’s ground-out to shortstop.
Matt Taylor also scored in the first after reaching on a bunt hit. Taylor reached base on all four of his plate appearances with three hits and a walk.
The Eagles added another run in the third inning when Elijah Tucker scored on an RBI-single by Taylor.
RWA tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the sixth when Taylor smashed a single back up the middle to plate Hampton Caughman and John Coleman.
SC 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 — 0-4-0
RW 2-1-0-0-0-2— — 5-6-2
WP: Patrick Pope 2-3.
RWA hitters: Matt Taylor 3-3, BB, 3 RBI, 1 Run. Pope 2-4, 2B 1 Run.
The Eagles beat Great Falls on Tuesday 4-3.
By Martha Ladd
Special to The Herald Independent
How awesome would it be to record your first ever varsity baseball hit as a homerun?
Well, that dream became reality for Richard Winn Academy athlete Mason Gibbons in Tuesday’s game against Great Falls High School.
Gibbons, batting with a full count, blasted the next pitch over the left center fence and got to live out any baseball athlete’s dream of trotting around all the bases as the fans, coaches, and teammates cheered him on.
“It was one to check off my bucket list,” said the ecstatic Gibbons following the game.
His younger brother Mitchell was in the stands following his own JV game, along with their youngest brother and parents. Mitchell immediately tweeted to friends about Mason’s homerun, and then added, “It stinks when you do something so awesome on April Fool’s Day, and no one believes you.”
As it turned out, that one run definitely made the difference in the outcome as the RWA Eagles narrowly defeated the Red Devils 4-3 in the seven inning contest in Great Falls.
Gibbons, a senior, hasn’t played organized baseball in a number of years because he chose soccer as his first love over baseball when the two seasons conflicted.
Since Richard Winn has not fielded a soccer team in two years, Gibbons decided to finish out his high school athletic career by trying out for the school’s varsity baseball team once basketball season ended.
Because he had been away from the competitive diamond so long, Gibbons had some “catching up” to do and has not yet had very many playing opportunities other than to fill in as a pinch runner.
However, head coach Al Berry gave him the opportunity to start this non-conference game as the left fielder, and it paid off big time for Gibbons and his team in chalking up win number eight on the season.
Blackstock resident ElijahTucker, a Richard Winn junior, got the start on the mound and collected the win.
Red Devil starting pitcher Richard Lee took the loss for Great Falls.
RWA senior Austin Knox went 2-2 at the plate while Great Falls was led by Will Jones who went 1-3 with a two run homerun.
Richard Winn is currently posting an overall record of 9-3 and 5-1 in region action.
The Eagles continued their winning ways on Thursday when they soared past Spartanburg Day 19-4.
WP: Knox 5-0.
RW hitters: Pope 4-5, 5 RBI, Taylor 3-4, 3 RBI, Cooper 2-3.
SD hitters: McBride 2-3, Greene 2-2.
RWA’s next home game is tonight (April 4) when they host Newberry Academy. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.