Register Staff Report
The Berea Community Pirates picked up their sixth win of the season Thursday, a 13-5 pounding of visiting Williamsburg.
The Pirates got another strong outing from pitching ace Gabe Long and solid hitting throughout the line-up in cruising to the win.
Long pitched six innings of four-hit baseball. He also struck out seven Williamsburg batters. All five of the Yellowjackets’ runs were unearned, coming off four Berea errors.
Daniel Wilkerson pitched the final inning, retiring the three batters he faced.
The Pirates jumped on top early and never let up, scoring four runs in the first and one in the second inning. The added three runs in both the third and fifth inning, then rounded out the scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth inning.
“We hit the ball really well today, we just didn’t field it very well,” Berea coach Sean Linville said. “We booted it all around the field, that’s how they got their runs.”
Four Pirates had at least three hits in the game. Bradley Adkins had a monster afternoon, going 4-of-5 with three singles and a double. He also had two steals and scored four runs.
Wilkerson was 3-of-4 with a walk, single, double and triple and scored a run. Jason Strong also was 3-for-4, with three singles and a stolen base and run scored, while catcher Jared Kilgore also finished 3-for-4.
Long was 2-of-4 at the plate with a pair of singles. He also scored two runs and picked up three stolen bases.
The Pirates finished with seven steals in the game, something they had been working on improving in practice recently, Linville said.
“They had a decent catcher, we just ran it well,” Linville said. “We were trying to be a little more aggressive today. We haven’t run real well, so we’ve been working on our jumps. We did a better job of putting pressure on them today and it paid off.”
The Pirates return to action on Monday when they travel to Lynn Camp.
Lady Pirates bounce back
The Berea Community Lady Pirates bounced back from back-to-back losses by defeating Bath County 11-7 Thursday in Berea.
The win avenged Berea’s 10-8 loss to Bath County in the third game of the season.
After two games in which they didn’t hit the ball well at all, the Lady Pirates got production from everyone in the lineup Thursday.
All nine starters picked up at least two singles in the game, while pitcher Jenny Ingram had a single and a two-run home run in the fourth inning — her first career homer — and Carissa Coy had a single and a double.
“Everybody hit the ball well tonight,” Berea coach Rick Ingram said. “The last two games were disasters but we played better tonight. We had a few stolen bases and we made some good defensive plays behind Jenny tonight too.”
Bath County jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a couple of hits and three Berea errors.
The Lady Pirates wasted no time in answering in their half of the first.
Coy doubled and moved to third on a single by Miranda Montgomery. Ingram drove Montgomery in with a single to make it 2-1.
The Lady Pirates evened things up with a run in the second inning. Holly Musick and Katherine McManus singled. Nikea Banther reached on an error, scoring Music to make it 2-2.
Bath County went on top 5-2 with a run in the third and two in the fourth inning, but then the Berea’s bats came alive.
The Lady Pirates scored five runs in the fourth to retake a 7-5 lead. Bath cut it to 7-6 in the fifth, but Berea answered in the fifth with a run of its own to push it back to 8-6.
Bath cut it to 8-7, but the Lady Pirates put the game out of reach with three runs in the sixth inning.
“It’s a good thing we did hit the ball well tonight or we would have been in trouble because they hit it good too, and we had some errors that gave them some runs,” Ingram said.
The Lady Pirates return to action on Monday when they travel to Lincoln County.