Cavaliers advance to tournament final
Southern Lee scored five runs in the first inning and kept going to an 8-2 win over Surry Central in a semifinal game of the Chatlee Boat and Marine Easter Invitational Tournament Friday night at Tramway Road Park.
The Cavaliers (10-3) needed only two hits for the five-run outburst in the home half of the first. The Cavs capitalized on three Surry Central (9-6) errors, along with two walks and some smart, aggressive baserunning.
After starting pitcher Derek Jackson fired a three-up, three-down Golden Eagle first, Jared Kehagias opened Southern's first with a liner into right for a single. Freddy McCollum and Ethan Helsman drew walks, loading the bases. Jackson's grounder to short went for an RBI and an out.
The Cavs kept adding to the lead thanks to Surry Central's miscues to get the big lead. Jackson's work on the mound kept the 5-0 margin safe. Jackson didn't allow a hit until two outs into the fourth. He wound up going 5.0 innings, allowing two hits and a walk while notching nine strikeouts.
Surry Central put two runs up in the sixth, loading the bases against reliever Ben Gaster before Christian Wenger came on from the pen to end the inning, leaving Southern Lee ahead 6-2.
The Cavs tacked on two more insurance runs, with RBI singles by McCollum and Helsman, in the sixth. Wenger struck out the side to wrap up the seventh. Kehagias, McCollum and Jackson scored two runs each.
Southern Lee will play in the championship game of the Chatlee tourney tonight at Union Pines at 8 p.m. It'll be the last of five games on the slate at Union Pines.