By VAN HOLLAND
PINETOPS – SouthWest got off on the wrong foot Wednesday against Ayden-Grifton. After two tough innings defensively, SouthWest was able to bounce back and defeat Ayden-Grifton 9-6 in the Coastal Plains Babe Ruth League.
SouthWest got down 2-0 after the first inning, but answered right back after the first two batters reached base. Jarratt Mobley then hit a single to drive in Connor Briley and after Ayden-Grifton made a bad throw to second, Noah Estes was able to score. Mobley scored later that inning on a RBI single by Noah Edmondson.
"I was proud of the guys for responding back early on after we got down," SouthWest coach Andrew Harrell said. "That is something we didn't do all year in school ball and that is some of the things we wanted to work on this summer."
SouthWest coaching staff and their players want to get their minds set of having the right attitudes and want to do the right things at the right times on the field. Those are just two things they were unable to do during the spring, but have responded well so far this summer.
Ayden-Grifton scored four more in the second and took a 6-3 lead after the Cougars made two errors.
SouthWest didn't go down without a fight though. In the fifth inning they sent 12 batters to the plate and scored six runs to take a 9-6 lead. The big hit in the inning came off the bat of Cole Pierce, who hit a bases clearing double. Briley followed that two batters later and scored Pierce on a RBI single to centerfield.
Mobley, Edmondson, Brayden Morris and Hunter Johnson each had two hits apiece to lead the 11 hit attack.
"Our offense picked it up in the fifth inning," Harrell said. "We hit the ball good that inning and move runners like we are supposed to."
Morris started on the mound for SouthWest. he threw 3 2/3 innings before being relieved by Edmondson. Morris had to come out of the game, because he had a blister on his pitching hand that had popped. He gave up all six runs on four hits, while walking five and striking out five.
Edmondson earned the win in relief. He threw 3 1.3 innings and gave up five hits, while walking two and striking out one.
"Our pitching was good tonight after a shaky start by Brayden," Harrell said. "We made three errors behind him, but after he settled in he was able to get them out."
Harrell was pleased with Edmondson's relief appearance. and said he did exactly what he had asked him to do.
The six runs that Ayden-Grifton scored, only one of them were earned.
SouthWest in back in action tonight when they travel to Greenville to play at Guy Smith Stadium at 7 p.m.