Eagles control region after knocking off Hawks

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

April 11, 2014

WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn Academy (11-3, 6-1) baseball team took control of SCISA region III-AA on Tuesday when they edged out Greenwood Christian 6-3.

“It was a big region win for us and puts us at the top of the region race,” Richard Winn head coach Al Berry said.

With the victory, the Eagles can do no worse than a tie for first place with one region game remaining in the regular season.

It was a tie game at 3-3 going into the bottom of the sixth when the Eagles scored three runs to go ahead.

The Eagle hitters did so against one of the region’s best pitchers, Noah Hinzman.

Greenwood Christian handed Richard Winn their only region loss, 2-1, on March 25 when Hinzman pitched all seven innings only allowing one run on five hits and striking out 14.

Although Tuesday night was a different story.

The Eagle hitters touched up Hinzman for 11 hits and hung him with the loss with a sixth inning rally.

“He (Hinzman) is an outstanding pitcher and we battled and were able to put the ball in play,” Berry stated. “Hinzman likes to pitch away and this time we were able to just go with the pitch and quite a few of our hits were to the opposite field.”

Hampton Caughman started the rally when he led off the bottom of the sixth with a single.

Conrad Sharpe moved to first after being hit by a pitch and Elijah Tucker followed that with an RBI single to plate Caughman.

Patrick Pope was next on the list to come through with RBI single to score Sharpe.

With one out, Austin Knox knocked the third single of the inning through the infield to load the bases.

With two outs, Hinzman plunked Blake Pauley, which brought Tucker home from third.

Berry said his team has put in a lot of work in the batting cages.

“They’ve been working really hard and we’ve got an older bunch this year so we haven’t had to work on base running as much or spend so much time on things that keep you from beating yourself,” he explained. “We’ve been able to spend more time on our swing mechanics. Hitting is one of the hardest skills in any sport and if you have a hole in your swing a good pitcher can pinpoint that. We’ve been working really hard at covering the plate and just going with the pitch.”

Pope pitched the first four innings for the Eagles and gave up three runs on six hits. Knox worked the final two innings and got the win after only giving up two hits.

Richard Winn will wrap up the region schedule against Spartanburg Christian on April 22. The Eagles defeated Spartanburg Christian 5-0 back on March 31.

Richard Winn will play in a tournament at Fairfield Central over spring break against the Griffins, Camden Military and Great Falls starting on April 14 through April 16.

GC 0-1-2-0-0-0-0 — 3

RW 1-1-1-0-0-3-0 — 6

WP: Austin Knox 6-0,

LP: N. Hinzman.

RW hitters: Knox 3-3, Pope 3-4 (1 double), Caughman 2-3.

GC hitters: C. Hinzman 2-3 (2 doubles), Stumbo 2-2.