The Valley Lumberjack Baseball Team spent the Easter break at Myrtle Beach - where it's baseball weather year 'round - making a clean sweep against three teams and raising its season record to 5-2.
In their first engagement, the 'Jacks prevailed 15-6 over host Columbus Academy. Head Coach Jim West sent five pitchers to the mound in the win: Tyler Hayes had a strike out and no walks; Drew Wade sat down one and walked one; Triston Kocher struck out two and walked one; Pete Shaw struck out none and walked none; and Hayden Lancaster struck out no batter and issued one pass.
Offensively, Hunter Ring singled, doubled, and drove home three teammates, Brandon Stoneking singled twice and had two RBIs,, while Taylor Bates had two singles and drove home four.
The Valley Lumberjack Baseball Team poses for this photo after sweeping three teams in a swing through Myrtle Beach over the Easter break and raising its season record to 5-2. Kneeling, from left, are Taylor Bates, Chase West, Brock Stackpole, and Hayden Lancaster. In the back row are Head Coach Jim West, Caleb Palmer, Albert McGuane, Payton Palmer, Tyler Hayes, Brandon Stoneking, Petey Shaw, Collin Bates, Triston Kocher (partly hidden behind Bates), Hunter Ring, and Drew Wade. (Photo supplied)
In the second game, Valley faced Myrtle Beach Christian School, who grabbed a 4-0 lead early. It wasn't until Ring hit a two-run double that Valley narrowed the deficit to 4-2. In the seventh frame, Wade doubled and plated a runner that moved the 'Jacks up a notch to 4-3.
But it was Albert McGuane who hit a single to bring a teammate home that put the game into extra innings. After a change in Myrtle Beach Christian pitchers, the Lumberjacks blasted seven runs to make the Fat Lady sing.
In its final game of the Myrtle Beach series, Valley swamped Conway Christian 11-2. Stoneking was the winning pitcher, who also hit a home run and belted two other hits, while bring home five teammates to score. Ring had two doubles and two RBIs, while McGuane had two singles and one RBI. Bates and Wade each had a single and an RBI.
West commented on the trip, noting that "In the past, we had trouble competing. This year, we played schools more our size. This was a fun and successful trip."