Skyhawks fall to Wayne in extra innings
by FRED PACE, EDITOR
MADISON It took extra innings to settle the Class AA Region 4 semifinals game featuring the Scott Skyhawks and the Wayne Pioneers at the Scott High School baseball field in Madison.
Waynes Zack Cassidy singled in the top of the eighth inning, stole second base, moved over to third on a bunt, and then scored the winning run on a Nate Adkins single to centerfield.
Waynes relief pitcher Mickey Perry shut down Scott in the bottom of the eighth for the 4-3 win.
We played small ball against Scott, said Wayne head coach Todd Ross. Their pitcher was outstanding and we did anything and everything to get runners on base and score how ever we could.
Scott pitcher Cody Brown put down 14 Wayne batters in a row at one point in the game and struck out the side in the sixth inning.
Once I got into a rhythm, I was feeling it and knew I could get them to chase some pitches, Brown said.
Browns curve ball was outstanding, as he struck out eight Wayne batters on the night.
Wayne scored three runs in the first two innings after three fielding errors by the Skyhawks.
We put ourselves in a hole early, said Scott head coach Brett Kuhn. But I was very proud how this team battled back.
Scotts Justin Toler scored in the third inning, but the Skyhawks left runners on second and third as the inning ended with Wayne up 3-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Scott designated hitter Logan Phillips singled in two runs to tie the game 3-3.
The game remained tied until the top of the eighth inning when Waynes Cassidy scored.
Scotts Toler singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth and then All-State candidate Forrest Spurlock, the Skyhawks superstar catcher, came to the plate.
Spurlock flied out to centerfield, then Cody Blevins struck out and Colton Hammond popped out to end the game. Both Blevins and Hammond had hits and runs scored in previous at bats.
I just got under it a little too much, Spurlock said. It happens sometimes.
Spurlock, a senior, signed a National Letter of Intent recently to play baseball at Alice Lloyd College.
Forrest is a very hard worker who deserves all the accolades he has received, Coach Kuhn said. This is my first year coaching him, but I have known him since his ninth grade year and he has always been a fine young man and has worked for all his accomplishments. Forrest worked very hard in our off-season conditioning program and he was in great shape to begin our season. He has been a leader as our catcher and has worked as the closer on the mound and his hard work is paying off. Forrest and the other seniors on this team are helping to lay the foundation for further success for the Skyhawk baseball program. I think he will be very successful as he begins a new chapter in his career at Alice Lloyd College.
Spurlocks final regular season stats included a .516 batting average, 12 home runs, 50 runs batted in (RBIs) and three wins and four loses pitching, including two saves and 49 strike outs over 32 innings pitched.
I have always enjoyed baseball - from the time I was 4 years old, said Spurlock, the teams senior co-captain. Whether I am catching, hitting or pitching, I like the competition against the other team. I want to thank my mom and dad for everything they have done for me. Without them I would not the baseball player I am today. My teammates and coaches have been outstanding and I thank them for everything as well. I look forward to going to Alice Lloyd College but Scott High School will always be home.
Scott ended its season 18-16, while Wayne improved to 13-15 and will face Herbert Hoover, who defeated Sissonville in the other Class AA Region 4 semifinals game on Tuesday.
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