SouthWest took advantage of a bunch of mental and physical mistakes by the Tarboro Tars Thursday night in Coastal Plains Babe Ruth action. SouthWest scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Tars 7-6.
“It’s great that we were able to fight back and win this game,” SouthWest coach Andrew Harrell said. “This is two games in a row that we were able to put together a comeback and that is something we couldn’t do in the spring.”
After Zach Johnson reached for SouthWest to start the inning with a base hit, Jarratt Mobley followed and hit a fly ball between the pitchers mound and shortstop and the ball the hit the ground and Chase Johnson was able to get the force out at second. On two straight pitches to Noah Edmondson, Mobley stole second and third. Edmondson then hit a double over the left fielder’s head to score Mobley to tie the game at 6-6 after Tarboro had taken the lead in the top half of the inning. After getting the second out of the inning, Hunter Johnson then hit a blooper over the infield that reached centerfield and Edmondson was able to score to give SouthWest the win.
“We came out the box well and that all goes back to the hustle part of our approach,” Harrell said. “We didn’t assume we were out and we ran the ball out. We were able to get the timely hits and get the runs to score.”
Brayden Morris earned the complete game win. He started off very sluggish, but settled in half way through the game and was able to get batters out in crucial situations. He gave up six runs on six hits and walked eight and struck out two.
“Brayden threw the ball well after he struggled early on,” Harrell said. “He bowed his neck and buckled down and we played defense behind him tonight.”
Tarboro relied on Johnson the entire game. He gave them a good outing, which was good enough to earn the win, but his defense just didn’t make the routine plays behind him. He gave up seven runs on 11 hits, while walking one and striking out four.
“Chase pitched a great game and threw good enough to win,” Tars coach Warren Mitchell said. “He gave us a winning performance and he should have only given up just two runs at most. If he would’ve been in a different situation he would’ve had a different outcome.”
Mitchell told his outfielders that the wind was blowing and to make sure they got back on the balls. That message didn’t sink in though, because the Tars left-fielder and center-fielder were each burnt twice in the game, which resulted in four runs scoring.
“You just wonder what they are thinking about when the ball is hit at them,” Mitchell said. “They knew the wind was blowing out and they know their first step was suppose to be back and their first step was in and they got beat.”
The Tars also had four mental mistakes on the base paths where they had four runners thrown out on bad base running decisions. Those four runners could have resulted in at least three runs scoring.
“I don’t know what to say about the base running mistakes,” Mitchell said. “Our younger groups could have ran the bases better then what some of these guys did tonight.”
The Tars made three errors and SouthWest made three as well. The difference was SouthWest took advantage of the Tars mistakes and Tarboro didn’t capitalize.
Both teams will meet one more time this summer in Tarboro when they are scheduled to play again July 10 at Municipal Stadium.