Monday, April 22, 2013
By Chris Sokoloski
Justin Busby made his Waccamaw High varsity pitching debut last week, getting three outs in the seventh inning to preserve the Warriors’ 6-4 win over St. James.
Busby, an eighth-grader, came in with no outs and runners on first and third. He fielded a bunt and threw the first batter out, struck out the second, and got the final out on a popup to third baseman Justin Colegrove.
“Time to step up, time to grow up,” Waccamaw coach Jeff Gregory told his players as the team battled to come from behind in the late innings.
St. James opened the game by plating two runs in the top of the first inning. Waccamaw came right back with two in the bottom of the first.
The score remained 3-2 until Zac Sparaco belted a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to put Waccamaw ahead 4-3.
After Sparaco advanced to third on a single by Colegrove, Luke Freeman laid down a bunt along the third base line. St. James pitcher Zach Cook slipped while trying to field the bunt, and Sparaco scored on the “suicide squeeze.”
J.D. Whitlock scored for Waccamaw in the bottom of the sixth and St. James added a run in the top of the seventh before Busby came in and ended the game.
Sparaco went 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs; Kevin Kies went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs and an RBI; Freeman went 1-for-3 wth an RBI; Colegrove went 1-for-4 with an RBI; Curtis Lawing had two walks and two runs; and Whitlock had one run and two sacrifice bunts.
Ethan Leatherwood started and gave up four hits , three runs (two earned) and two walks in two innings. Cole Cook got the win, giving up four hits, one earned run and to walks in four innings. Busby got the save.