Tideland News Report
Jordan Belyea went 3-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored to lead the Swansboro High School junior varsity baseball team to a 12-2 victory over the visiting East Carteret Mariners Monday.
The 5-1 Pirates were on top of their game against East, pounding a season-high 15 hits and playing errorless defense.
“Our defense was great last night, making East earn everything and not making a single error,” said Pirate head coach Jeff Wilson. “This is the first game of the season we have not had an error. Sammy Suazo played outstanding at second base by making play after play.
“All nine starters had at least one hit with a total of 15 hits for the game. The team was again highly aggressive and continued to get hits at the plate.”
Jake Schopp picked up the win, going six innings with two strikeouts, one walk, scattering five hits and allowing a pair of earned runs.
“Jake pitched a gem,” said Wilson. “
The coach added that his team was hitting on all cylinders against the Mariners.
“This was the first game in which we looked like a complete team. We moved runners well using sacrifice bunts, stealing, suicides, hit-and-runs and hitting behind runners. I am very proud of the way they are learning and carrying from the practice field and applying in game situations.”
Other standouts for the Pirates included Kyle Hansill, 2-3, one RBI; Dillon Herbert, 2-3, one RBI, one run; Schopp, 2-4, two runs; Jacob Brooks, 2-4 with a double and two runs; Marcus Girau, 1-2, two RBI, one run; Cayse Perry, 1-3, two RBI, one run; and Beau Barton, 1-4, one RBI, one run scored.
Herbert went 3-3 and stole six bases to lead the Pirates to a 14-4 rout over the visiting Pender Patriots Saturday.
The Pirates smacked 11 hits in the five-inning game and never looked back after jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead.
“The starters have been hitting the cover off the ball and allowed the non-starters to get quite a bit of playing time so far this year,” said Wilson. “I am very proud of the fact that we forced the other team to make plays. Our highly aggressive style has forced our opponents hand into making mistakes and we have been taking advantage of it.
“The team so far this year has also done a tremendous job at putting the ball in play and striking out very few times. Kyle Hansill turned on a ball in the third inning for a triple and knocked in two base runners. Hansill stole home for the second time this season.”
Other heavy hitters included Brooks, 2-3, two RBI, two runs; Girau, 2-2, one run; Barton, 1-3, one RBI.
Hunter Wood picked up the win, pitching two innings with two strikeouts, three walks, two hits and one earned run.
Dillon Herbert went 3-for-4 with a triple, double, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Pirates to an 18-9 demolition over the visiting Havelock Rams Friday.
The win lifts the Pirates to 4-1 for the season.
Other standouts for Swansboro included Jacob Brooks, 3-4 with two runs and one RBI; Beau Barton, 2-4, three runs; and Cayse Perry, 2-3 with a double and three RBI.
The Bucs had 15 hits in the game.
“The starters played well once again,” said Pirate head coach Jeff Wilson. “We took an early lead in the first inning by scoring two runs. We then exploded for nine runs in the second inning, giving us a healthy lead.
“The non-starters took over the game in the third inning and struggled on defense by giving up eight runs in the 3rd inning. Jordan Belyea was pitching pretty well, but the defense had a tough time getting outs.”
Herbert picked up the win, getting the start and pitching three innings with five strikeouts, two walks, two hits and giving up one earned run.
Herbert went 2-3, scored three runs and drove in another to lead the Pirates to a 14-13 victory over the visiting Pender Patriots on March 4.
In a back-and-forth slugfest, Swansboro appeared to have the game in hand after exploding for 11 runs in the third inning and staking an 11-2 lead.
But the Patriots battled back and after plating six runs in the top of the seventh inning jumped into a 13-11 lead.
“Very frustrated is the nicest way I could say that I felt after giving up an 11-2 lead,” said the coach.
But Swansboro had one last rally in it and scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to win the game. Kyle Hansill scored the game-winning run by stealing home.
Other standouts for the Pirates were Hansill, 2-4 with four RBI and two runs scored; Brooks, 2-5 with two RBI and one run scored; and Marcus Girau, 1-3 with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored.
Hansill was credited with the win.
The Pirates almost blew another big lead against the host Havelock Rams on March 1, but held on in the final inning to preserve their 4-1 victory.
The Rams scored one run in the top of the seventh, then loaded the bases with no outs.
But pitcher Jake Schopp retired the next three batters to save the game. Schopp went the distance and picked up the win.
“Jake put the team on his back and closed the game, out giving us our first win of the season,” said Wilson. “Schopp was the player of the game, pitching all seven innings.”
Brooks led the Swansboro offense, going 1-2 with two RBI and one run, and Herbert went 1-3 and scored a run.
“The defense played much better tonight,” explained the coach. “Our bats were quiet, only picking up two hits in the game. But we were patient hitters and worked 9 walks. Jacob came through in the clutch, knocking in two runs with two outs in the fifth inning to extend the lead.”
The Pirates opened the season with a tough 8-7 loss against the host West Carteret Patriots on Feb. 28.
“West Carteret was the first game of the season,” explained the coach. “I was nervous for the first time in a long time before the game, because I wasn’t sure how the players would play. Due to the weather, we haven’t had as much practice as we usually do.
“We also have quite a few new faces and they haven’t refined their skills to the way I want them,” he continued. “We started out well hitting the ball, ending the game with 10 hits, which is impressive for a first game.
“Dillon and Hunter Wood pitched well and gave us a chance to win. We had the lead 7-3 heading into the last inning and gave up five runs in the bottom of the seventh. We had a win slip right through our fingertips. It was tough pill to swallow being on the losing end of a late rally after being on the winning end so many times over the last few years.”
Tideland News Report
The Star Hill Ladies Golf Association’s Nine Holers opened their season Thursday, and there was a tie in the first tournament of the year.
The teams of Dot Marske, Jilma Reilly, Kit Morschauser and Pat McCoy tied Rose Malay, Jewel Silva and Sherry Wagner Brown for first place.
The team of Alice Jones, Mary Johnson and May LaTourette finished second.