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June 12, 2013

Tars drop season opener 8-7 to Nash County

TARBORO — Fielding errors and throwing errors played a big part in the Tarboro Tars season opener loss Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium. Nash County defeated the Tars 8-7 in the Coastal Plains Senior Babe Ruth league opener.

Tarboro trailed three times in the game and twice they made comebacks. After the second comeback, they took the lead, but that didn't last long after the Tars defense fell apart.

"I liked the way we battled back after the mistakes," Tars coach Warren Mitchell said. "I just like that. Other then that we just have to make the routine plays."

Pitching was effective for the Tars, but they just didn't get the defensive support behind them like they should have. Tarboro committed four errors, which allowed five runs to score. Two errors were throwing errors from center field and the other two errors came from second base, with one being a fielding error and the other a careless throwing error.

Jordyn Holland started for the Tars. He didn't get a decision after throwing four innings. He gave up six runs, only one earned, 10 hits and walked one and struck out one.

"Jordyn gave us a great performance," Mitchell said. "He threw the ball over the plate and got them to hit the ball right at us, but we didn't make the routine plays at the right times and it costed us. We didn't give him the defensive support that he should have gotten."

Will Dupree came in to relieve Holland in the fifth and was just as effective as Holland. Dupree took the loss giving up two runs, only one being earned. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out six.

"Will came in a threw just as good Jordyn did," Mitchell said. "At worst they maybe score one run off of him, but then again we didn't make the plays we should have made behind him either."

Tarboro collected seven hits, but left seven runners stranded on base. Five of those runners were left in scoring position. Nash County turned three double plays, which helped them get out three different innings when the Tars were threatening to score and take the lead for good.

Dupree led the way offensively going to 3 for 4 with an RBI, while Holland was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Justin Rodriguez added a double and two RBIs, while Timmy Walker added a single with an RBI.

"We hit the ball hard tonight," Mitchell said. "We got in a jam a couple of times when we had balls hit hard, but they made the plays and doubled us up and got out of the inning."

Mitchell was pleased with his team's overall performance and said he sees a lot of positive things that can happen during the 12 game season.

"I am very encouraged with this group of guys this season," Mitchell said. "If we can keep everyone together we should be alright as a team."

Mitchell believes if everyone stays around and plays the entire season they will be successful. He thinks if he can keep everyone on the same page then good things will happen for his team and they will be good ball club to compete with this summer.

The Tars are back in action Thursday when they travel to Greenville to play at Guy Smith Stadium at 7 p.m. Then they are back home Monday when they host Farmville at 7 p.m.

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