Goldsboro swept the regular-season series against Spring Creek with a 14-4 victory on Tuesday afternoon.
With the win, Goldsboro improves its record to 3-1, while Spring Creek drops to 1-3.
“We got on top, and we didn’t get behind,” Goldsboro head coach Danny Merritt said. “Offensively, we’re making things happen and generating runs.”
Goldsboro scored its first run in the top of the first.
Peyton Wilkins drew a walk to get on base and then stole second and third base. Later in the inning, Braxton Morton was caught in a run-down, and Wilkins sprinted toward home plate.
The Spring Creek catcher was unable to hold into the ball, and the umpire called Wilkins safe.
Goldsboro took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second when Lexton Lewis hit a two-RBI double that enabled Cole McFatter and Dalton Wilkins to cross home plate.
The Cougars really took control of the game in the top of the third. Goldsboro scored four runs in the inning, and by the time the inning was over, Goldsboro led 7-0.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Goldsboro scored six runs in the top of the fifth to take a 13-0 lead, and it looked like the game would be over after five innings.
However, the Gators battled back and scored four runs to cut Goldsboro’s lead down to 13-4, and the game headed to the sixth inning.
“You’ve got to get out with the win, and we were able to do that,” Merritt said. “We were sloppy in some areas, and we’re glad to get this one behind us. Spring Creek is a scrappy team, and they scratch and claw.”
In the top of the sixth, Drake Ennis’ sacrifice fly put Goldsboro back up by 10 runs, and Goldsboro held off the Gators in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.
Both squads are back in action today. The Cougars host Midway (4-0), while Spring Creek entertains Wallace-Rose Hill (1-3).
“This was a big win for us. Coming into this week, we have Midway right after this game, so we couldn’t overlook Spring Creek,” Merritt said. “We know we’ve got our hands full with Midway the rest of the week.”
Morton finished the game with three RBIs, while Peyton Wilkins, Lewis, McFatter, and Ennis all had two RBIs apiece. Dalton Wilkins and Trey Adams each had one RBI.