Roscoe Frye Field in Lexington, S.C. does not have a roller coaster, but Wayne County Post 11 must have felt like they were on during its season opener against Lexington Post 7.
In the sweltering heat, Wayne County battled to take a 3-0 lead, but in the bottom of the sixth, Post 11 watched Lexington scored three runs in the inning to tie the game.
Lexington would go on to hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Wayne County 4-3.
“I thought we played pretty well, all in all, considering it was the first game of the summer,” Wayne County Post 11 head coach Adam Pate said. “It was a long bus ride down, and we had to play a really good team.”
Braeden Collins got the start on the mound for Wayne County. Collins allowed just two hits and struck out six batters in five innings of work.
“The main thing is that we had really good starting pitching today. Braeden had a great start,” Pate said. “Going five innings and holding them scoreless was huge.”
After being held scoreless through the first five innings of the game, Wayne County scored all of its runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Sam Rice, Drew Spencer, and Tanner Capps all drew walks to load the bases.
With Garrett Moffett standing in the batter’s box, Lexington tried to pick off Capps at first, but the throw was off, which enabled Rice to score the game’s first run.
With the bases still loaded, Will Albert hit an RBI single. Two batters later, Matt Kornegay drew a bases-loaded walk to give Post 11 a 3-0 lead.
However, Wayne County would not stay on top for long. Lexington scored three runs in the bottom of the six to tie the game.
“We struck out more than we need to, and that’s expected with some guys not coming right off their school season, some guys have had a break, but all in all offensively, we’re going to have to do better than that going forward,” Pate said. “We know that, and we’re fully capable of doing that.
“Lexington threw the ball well, but in saying that, we could’ve grinded out more at-bats, put more balls in play, and forced them to have to pick it up and throw it across the diamond.”
Post 11 could not take back the lead in the top of the seventh, and in the bottom of the inning, Lexington’s Noah Davis hit a walk-off single to give Lexington a 4-3 win.
Still, it is a long summer, and Pate said there were many positives in the loss.
“All in all, not a bad first game. We definitely played well enough to win. Even though we didn’t play as well as we should have, which is sometimes what you’re happy with.
“I like this group a lot, and I think we’re going to do well going forward.”