Terry Sanford beats Jackets, keeps CFVC baseball lead
Terry Sanford senior Joe Ingle got his second victory of the season against Lee County Friday night, holding the Yellow Jackets to four hits in a 10-2 Bulldog win which keeps Ingle and the Bulldogs (10-5, 7-1) leading the Cape Fear Valley race.
Ingle, a tall, lanky righty, pitched Terry Sanford to a 5-2 win in Fayetteville a couple weeks ago. At the time, the Bulldogs and Jacket were challenging for the conference lead. Since then, Lee County (6-9, 5-5) dropped four of its last six CFVC games including Friday's game.
The Jackets struggled versus Ingle, but also gave the Bulldogs additional help early on Friday evening.
The Bulldog first opened with Andrew Henrickson putting down a bunt and reaching on a throwing error by pitcher Pressley Hales. A walk, then the Jackets getting an out at second on Trey Davis's bunt, made for Bulldogs on the corners.
A wild pickoff throw to first allowed Henrickson to score. Jaysen Lagusis hit a two-out double into right-center field scoring Davis.
The Yellow Jackets answered the two runs right away. Spencer Faulk and Hales both singled, followed by Nolan Groce walking to load the bases with no outs in the Jacket first.
Hampton Thomas sent a sacrifice fly to left and Patrick Bethea plated the second run with a sac fly to center.
The Bulldogs took the lead for good with three runs in the third; with Baily Howard now on the mound as the second of what became six Jacket pitchers on the night.
An error and a walk set up the jam. Ingle scored on Tyler Paul's grounder to shortstop. The next Bulldog up, Chase Tew, shot a single into left-center for two RBI.
The next two Jacket pitchers, Bethea for one inning, and Faulk for two innings, kept the Bulldog lead at 5-2.
Lee County's best chance to get back in the game came in the fifth. Hales singled and the line kept moving with a walk to Groce and Thomas hitting a single loading the bases with one out.
Bethea hit a sharp grounder to short which Austin Warren gloved, took to second, then fired low to first which Conrad Black picked for a double play.
The Yellow Jackets managed only one more base runner in the last two frames versus Ingle, who finished with five strikeouts.
The Bulldogs put the margin out of reach with five runs in the seventh.
Lee County has its spring break this week, but the Jacket baseball team will be in action Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Asheboro Copperheads Easter Tournament. Lee County will meet Providence Grove at McCrary Park at 7:30 p.m. Monday.