Friday, June 6, 2014
The Junior American Legion season kicked off on Tuesday with Georgetown and Waccamaw splitting a doubleheader.
Georgetown won game one 4-2, and Waccamaw took game two 6-0.
“I [was] impressed by the first [game] especially,” said Georgetown coach Ben Waddle. “The second … I think we got a little sloppy defensively. But with guys that haven’t been out there a lot you expect that.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Waccamaw coach Jeff Gregory. “We’ve got to get into the demeanor of wanting to play every day and loving to play every day and learning the game at a faster pace.”
The boys playing this summer are trying to make good impressions on their coaches, who will be looking to refill their varsity rosters next season. Waccamaw graduated 10 seniors this year; Georgetown graduated nine.
“We’ve got a lot of holes to fill,” Gregory said. “That’s what we’re taking a look trying to do.”
“What we’re trying to do is give them a chance to get ready for the varsity,” Waddle said.
All-Region selections Tucker Perry and Alex Hughes dueled in game one on Tuesday.
Perry struck out nine in 4 1/3 innings, but was hurt by a struggling Waccamaw defense, which committed seven errors in the game.
Hughes faced nine batters and gave up one run.
“He threw well,” Waddle said.
After driving in two runs in the first inning with his bat, Corey Ward came on relief and gave up only one hit.
“He threw exceptionally well,” Waddle said, “and swung the bat well.”
Noah Larimore, a newcomer to the sport, also saw some time on the mound for Georgetown, giving up two hits and two walks.
Daniel Roark had a double and scored a run for Waccamaw.
Waccamaw didn’t commit any errors and banged out six hits in game two.
“Not pretty but we got the [win],” Gregory said.
Michael Moore gave up no hits and no earned runs and Tripp Jacobs struck out two of the three batters he faced for Georgetown.
Tripp Perrow, who transferred from Waccamaw to Georgetown, also saw time on the mound.
“That’s a tough thing to face your old team,” Waddle said. “I’m so proud of his stamina because we had no defense behind him. But he hung right in.”
Levi Almond had two RBIs and scored a run for Waccamaw.
Waccamaw then beat Conway 6-4 on Wednesday night.
“We played much better,” Gregory said. “It was a quality win.”
Christian Hendrickson gave up one run and one walk in six innings to get the win. Justin Busby came on in the seventh to pick up the save.
Conner Eckard went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs; McKinley Groomes went 2-for-4 with two RBIs; Will Golden went 2-for-2 with two runs; and Alex Altman went 1-for-1 with an RBI.
Georgetown beat Andrews 13-5 on Wednesday night.
Michael Moore went 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs and Brett Howard went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Georgetown.
Demarre Moore had a triple for Andrews.
Drew Williams got the win; Mason Jones took the loss.
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