Taylorsville Tartars rally past Wesson

Published 11:33 am Monday, May 3, 2010

WESSON – Taylorsville took advantage of back-to-back Wessonerrors in the fifth inning Friday night and took home a huge 8-4win in the opening round of a best-of-three series in the Class 2Astate baseball playoffs.

Wesson (17-8) played at Taylorsville (18-10) Saturday in the secondgame of the series. If necessary, a third game will be playedMonday.

“We got the win,” said Taylorsville head coach Dusty Hillman afterthe win. “We had some key hits. We could have swung the batsbetter.”

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The Cobras, coached by Hugh Knight, came into the fifth inning witha 3-2 lead over the Tartars. With 1 out, Cameron Henderson andGarrett Boykin reached base on errors. Mason Walley ripped a hardsingle and drove in 2 runs as Taylorsville took a 4-3 lead.

Taylorsville’s Dominique Sullivan followed with a double and DylanEvans hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to score Walley for thefifth run. Lain Jordan was walked and the bases were loaded again.Henderson, in his second at-bat during the inning, hit an RBIsingle and Boykin followed with an RBI single to push the Tartars’lead to 7-3 before the side was retired.

In the top of the sixth, Taylorsville added another run for an 8-4lead.

The bottom of the seventh saw Wesson put up another run to cut thedeficit to 8-4 before the final out. Matt Smith led off with adouble. The next 2 batters were retired before Gib Britt and CalebBroome were walked to load the bases. Tyson Wesley struck out toend the game.

Posting the win was sophomore Josh Pankratz (5-0) in 6 innings with7 strikeouts, 5 walks and 7 hits allowed. Working the final inningwas Henderson.

Broome (7-2) absorbed the loss, working 5.1 innings with 6strikeouts, 5 walks and 7 hits allowed. Britt finished in reliefwith 3 strikeouts and 1 hit allowed.

Singling for the Cobras were Broome, Kyle Cross and Boone.

Powering Taylorsville with a double and 2 singles was Sullivan.Henderson ripped 2 RBI singles.