Tideland News Report
Tripp Creech went 3-for-3, scored a pair of runs and stole three bases to lead the Swansboro Middle School baseball team to a 3-2 victory over visiting Northwoods Park Thursday.
The win over their Onslow Athletic Conference foes lifts the Pirates to 2-0.
According to Swansboro skipper Sean Trees, the win was a drastic improvement over Swansboro’s 5-4 season opening win over Dixon two days earlier.
“We looked like a completely different team,” said the coach. “Northwoods Park was just as good defensively as Dixon, and had a much better pitcher. We were able to keep ourselves in the game after an error let a second run score in the top of the first inning, but Northwoods didn’t get another runner as far as third base the rest of the game.
“ We didn’t make a single mental error the entire game and played much sharper than we did against Dixon and it showed in our results. Even though we had few baserunners due to the quality of the opposing pitcher, we made them count and pulled out a 3-2 victory in regulation.”
Hunter Hansill picked up the win, going five innings with three strikeouts and allowing only three hits. Hansill also went 1-3 from the plate.
Jake Knopp’s two-out single up the middle in the bottom of the fifth inning scored what proved to be the game winning run.
Creech belted a double in the top of the 10th inning that drove in the game-winning run to lead the Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the host Dixon Mariners on April 16.
Creech had a strong all-around game, going 3-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and three stolen bases. He also pitched the game’s final five innings and picked up the win.
“We looked pretty rough against Dixon,” said Trees. “On top of it being our first game and having the normal first game jitters, we had only had three outdoor practices to that point due to the scheduling changes with Brewster entering the conference.
“Dixon also had a very good team, and though they didn’t do much offensively after the firsst inning when we settled down, they played great defense the entire game and were able to keep us from putting too many runs on the scoreboard. We had 21 base runners and only managed five runs due to a few mental lapses and failed hit-and-runs or suicide squeezes. However, we made enough plays on defense to overcome our base running mistakes and pulled out a 5-4 win in 10 innings.
Cole Gleason also had a big day from the plate, going 2-3 with three stolen bases.
Hansill played a great game behind the plate and threw out a pair of runners trying to steal second base. Remington Froneck picked up the save, pitching the bottom of the 10th inning and retiring the side with one strikeout.