Beaufort bats dominate Dolphins
Battery Creek and Beaufort rekindled their rivalry on the baseball diamond Thursday night with the home team Eagles securing a 13-1 blowout victory.
Beaufort (2-0) only needed the minimum four and a half innings to secure a mercy rule victory over the Dolphins (0-2) in game one of the two-part series which will renew Monday at Battery Creek. The Eagles scored four runs in each of the first three frames and once more in the fourth inning.
Spartanburg Methodist signee Rome Wallace had two doubles and two RBIs on the day for the Eagles. The second two-bagger was the hardest hit ball of the day, which one-hopped Beaufort’s 340-foot left field wall.
Beaufort’s Cooper Woods also had a good day at the dish with two base knocks in three at-bats with three runs driven in.
“We’ve got a good swinging team and we’ll hit the ball well this year. I think we have potential to be great throughout the season offensively against almost any pitcher,” Beaufort coach Keith Riley said after the game.
Kyle Stavac started the game on the mound for Beaufort and gave his team four solid innings of work. Stavac finished having allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks and struck out six Dolphins.
Junior Clayton Ruff finished the job in the fifth inning, allowing no runs, one hit and fanning two batters.
Riley said he’s looking for strikes from his staff this season in an effort to make opponents have to out-slug a strong Beaufort lineup.
“We’ve been practicing pounding the strike zone since October. We preach pitching to contact and letting the defense play behind you,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of arms. I don’t think we’ve got one dominant guy but we have enough arms. Just pitch to contact and I think we’ve got enough arms where we’ll be alright.”
Beaufort starts region play tomorrow with the Eagles traveling to Stall (0-4). Battery Creek will host another rivalry match Friday against Whale Branch.