By VAN HOLLAND
Tarboro and SouthWest battled it out Friday night in the 15-under Nash County Babe Ruth League at Municipal Stadium. It was a game that included 30 walks, 13 errors and 27 runs scored. Tarboro was able to hold on and win 16-11.
SouthWest, who is winless this year, fought back time and time again and took advantage of 18 walks and the six errors Tarboro committed. SouthWest has a team filled with 13 and 14-year olds playing against older players. They were able to hold their own though and take advantage of different situations.
"I am proud of the effort my boys gave me tonight," SouthWest coach Lee Gold said. "Being a young team with a lot of 13-year olds they are getting a lot of good experience playing against the older guys."
Gold was pleased with his team's performance, because they used the walks and errors to score the majority of their runs. Another stat that SouthWest had hurt them was the 15 runners they left on base. They left the bases loaded four times through the first five innings.
SouthWest only collected three hits and led during one point in the game. Austin Webb, Cody Fuller and TJ Harris each had a hit apiece for SouthWest.
"We took advantage of the walks and were able to manufacture runs from that," Gold said. "We were in the game for a while, but a few mistake on defense hurt us."
Tarboro collected 12 hits in the game and took advantage of 12 walks and seven SouthWest errors. Trey Wells led the way offensively for Tarboro. He was 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and scored two runs. Caleb Webb added two hits and an RBI, while Braxton Griffin added two hits.
"I thought we put the ball in play real well," Tarboro coach Chris O'Neil said. "I stress goals before each game and I always tell them four or less strikeouts and I think we struck out six times. That number isn't too bad."
The big inning that gave Tarboro the lead for good was the bottom of the third when they sent 12 players to the plate and scored nine runs on just five hits. SouthWest committed five errors that inning. The first five batters to come to the plate reached base and scored, before SouthWest could record an out.
"We had one inning in the game defensively that hurt us and that was the third," Gold said. "We couldn't make the plays in the third inning and that came back to be the difference in the game. I am happy with our performance though."
Tarboro's defense struggled in the field. They committed six errors, which allowed five SouthWest runs to score. The errors Tarboro made were careless mistakes on routine plays.
"We made the plays when it mattered, but we have to get better defensively," O'Neil said. "I stress to these guys that we have to get better everyday. We didn't get better tonight and we have a lot we have to work on. This game wasn't the team that I am use to seeing on the field."
O'neil was glad to see some of the things happen, because it gives him the idea of what they need to continue to work on through the remainder of the season.