Falcons foil Lee County’s home opener
Lee County waited well into its baseball season to finally play its home opener, then Green Hope spoiled it in a hurry Tuesday night.
The Yellow Jackets (2-4, 2-2), coming off back-to-back road conference wins last week, fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and Green Hope kept going to a 10-1 win.
It was a combination of Falcon hitting and Lee County errors and walks adding to the host’s problems. The Falcons tallied seven hits but 13 walks by four Jacket pitchers and six errors really allowed Green Hope (6-2, 4-2) to turn the game lopsided.
Green Hope jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Jacket starting pitcher Chase Arrington. Austin Scott relieved Arrington starting the second and fared the best of the Jacket hurlers.
Scott escaped bases-loaded, no-out jams in the third and fourth frames, while mostly of his own doing with five walks in the two innings, to pitch three scoreless innings.
Lee County couldn’t do anything about the 4-0 lead as Green Hope’s Daniel Weygandt held the Jackets hitless until Alex Scott’s single in the third, and he blanked the Jackets until the sixth, when Hampton Thomas hit a two-out double to right-center field bringing Scott around from first to score, making it 9-1 Falcons.
Weygandt allowed three hits and one walk in six innings and notched 10 strikeouts.Vincent Addona scored three Falcon runs and lead-off hitter Jonathan Newbold scored two runs.
Green Hope scored four runs on three hits in the first, five runs on two hits in the fifth and one run on no hits in the seventh.
The Yellow Jackets played a make-up game, from one of their home postponements, last night against Cary. Lee County is set to play at Athens Drive Friday at 4:30 p.m. before another home date Tuesday night against Holly Springs.