Griffins go 3-0 in tournament

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

April 22, 2014

WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central’s baseball team went undefeated during its Spring Break Tournament, winning all three games.

Playing during Spring Break is vital, according to head coach Scotty Dean, because it allows his players to keep their timing down.

“This bunch of kids are eager and look forward to a tournament,” he said. “Baseball is not a sport where you can have a long layoff because it is all about muscle memory and at this point in the season we’re really starting to get into our groove. The more you play, the more in rhythm and in routine you will get.”

Great Falls

The Griffins defeated Great Falls on Monday in eight innings 3-2. Starting pitcher Brandon Adams pitched a complete game after throwing 94 pitches.

Adams didn’t allow any walks, struck out eight hitters and only allowed three hits.

“He pitched a gem and is one of those type of kids that is going to do what you ask him to do,” Dean said. “He pitched great.”

Great Falls got one run in the first inning and one run in the fourth.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Chris Raley entered the game for Jaylin Davis and started the rally with a base hit down the third baseline.

Markell Whitaker kept the good times going with a bunt-hit to put runners at first and second with no outs.

Adams became the game’s hero with not only his performance on the mound but a bunt that forced a throwing error from the Great Falls pitcher, which allowed Raley to score from second base to win the game.

Camden Military Academy

In game two of the tournament, the Griffins used three pitchers against Camden Military including Jesse Broome, Chris Boyd and Vincent Beaver.

“I was pretty pleased with the effort that all three of those guys gave,” Dean noted.

Fairfield won the game 10-6. The Griffins spread their 10 runs over all seven innings.

At the plate, Tavaris Cook went 2-2 with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

Dean said that Compton Walker hit the cover off the ball during the entire tournament.

In game one, Walker went 2-4 with two doubles. In the second game he hit two double and a single. In the third game, he had two more doubles against Richard Winn Academy in the final day of the tournament.

“Our guys are really starting to hit the baseball and I think we’re going to be a much better baseball team now,” Dean said. “I think we’ve got a chance to finish the season up strong and I think are guys are hitting their stride at the right time.”

Richard Winn Academy

In the third game, which was ironically the championship game as well, the Griffins beat the Eagles of Richard Winn 6-3.

Richard Winn starter Austin Knox only gave up one hit through the first four innings.

Walker earned the win for the Griffins on the mound and had no-hitter going into the fifth inning.

With the game tied 1-1 in the fourth, Stanley McManus hit his first home-run of the season to give the Griffins a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning, Richard Winn tied the game 3-3.

However in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Griffins broke the game open with three runs to win 6-3. Tyquan Kelly, Walker and Cook all scored a run in the inning.

“It was a great baseball game,” Dean said.

The Griffins and Eagles faced off again on Monday in a make-up game, but scores were unavailable at press time. Check The Herald Independent’s Facebook page for a game summary.