Friday, June 6, 2014
Georgetown kicked off the season with a 5-1 loss against Florence for the start of what turned into an exciting first week for the Senior American Legion Post 114 baseball team.
In the bottom of the second, Kevin Woodall Jr. was able to steal home for the first run of the game, and the two teams would remain scoreless or the next four innings.
But in the seventh inning, Florence got an RBI hit and a well-placed fly ball to take the lead at 2-1.
Just as Georgetown had one out and their tying runner on second, Ryan Williams grounded the ball to the Florence third baseman who then gunned it to first. But he overthrew the ball, giving Williams the single and advancing Woodall to third.
After the play was over, the home-plate umpire ruled that the third baseman had caught the ball in the air, thus ending the inning. Much confusion and arguing ensued, but the ruling stood.
Florence scored three runs in the top of the eighth to extend the lead to 5-1.
In the bottom of the inning, Georgetown’s Curtis Lawing smacked a triple, but slid past third and was tagged out. Fortunately, the hit was determined to be a ground-rule double, and Lawing returned to second, but was left stranded.
Florence was held scoreless in the ninth, but the damage was done.
The rest of the series against Florence didn’t fare well, either.
Georgetown fought back in the next game, scoring more than they did in the first game, but lost 8-5, and then suffered a disappointing 4-2 loss that was tied going into the ninth.
Luckily though, the games against Conway would go much better.
On Monday, Georgetown scored runs in the first two innings, and Conway then tied it up at 2-2 in the top of the third.
But with one out for Georgetown in the bottom of the third, the pace of the game changed dramatically.
Justin Colgrove and Ryan Holcombe singled and Mark Alan Nash walked. Jalen Simmons then beat out a bunt that scored Colgrove.
There was blood in the water, and Georgetown went on a feeding frenzy, getting hit after hit and taking advantage of every bobbled ball and overthrow.
Riley Jordan had an RBI single. Seth Wall hit a double to drive in two and Lawing drove in Wall with a double.
Woodall walked and scored on a hit by Holcombe.
Before the inning was over, Georgetown would lead 10-2.
Georgetown then scored four more in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach.
After a single by Nash and a walk by Simmons, Jordan ripped a double to score Nash and advance Simmons, who then scored on a wild pitch. Lawing singled to score Jordan. Woodall doubled, and Lawing scored on another wild pitch.
Georgetown then beat Conway 5-4 and will face Murrells Inlet on June 9.
Post 114 has a new head coach, Jason West, a Georgetown High graduate and assistant baseball coach for the Bulldogs.
West is confident in his team’s ability to succeed this season.
“The guys are coming together as a team pretty good, and will get better and better as we go,” West said. “We look pretty solid, I think. We’ll have to finish in the top three in the region to make the playoffs.”