Cavs go for 14 in an inning, roll to 18-1 win
Southern Lee cruised to its sixth straight win on the baseball diamond Friday night. Unlike an 11-10 Southern Lee victory over Douglas Byrd in early March, the Cavs (11-3, 6-1) trounced the the visiting Eagles (4-10, 1-6) for an 18-1 win in five innings.
The Cavaliers tallied 14 runs in the second inning. Turtle Windish, the Cavalier ninth-place hitter and freshman shortstop, started the inning with a double over the left fielder's head and wound up scoring on a wild pitch. Windish walked and scored the ninth run of the inning, then finished the inning one more time through the Southern Lee order with a strikeout.
In the two full times around the Cavalier order, Cullen Boyette, Maxx Taylor and Cody Ellis went 2 for 2. Boyette drove in two runs with a double, then singled. Taylor knocked two RBI singles as did Ellis.
The Cavaliers went through three Eagle pitchers in the 14-run rally and led 17-1.
In the Cavalier first, Ryan Holmes and Christian Wenger singled at the top of the order and Boyette was hit with a pitch to load the bases with one out.
Taylor and Conner Showalter took bases-loaded walks and Marcos Collazo singled to bring Boyette in for a 3-0 lead.
Taylor, a sophomore pitched three innings and got the win, going to 3-0 on the season. Sophomore Austin Leggette pitched two scoreless innings to finish up the blowout.
Wenger and Boyette led the Cavaliers with three runs each, both going 2 for 2 at the plate. Taylor drove in three runs, one on each plate appearance.
The Cavaliers entered Friday's action leading the Cape Fear Valley standings with an equal CFVC mark with, but eight-inning win over, Terry Sanford (8-4, 5-1).
Southern Lee has three games slated for the upcoming week beginning Monday night at Gray's Creek. The Cavaliers defeated the Bears 6-2 at Cavalier Stadium three weeks ago.