Game 2 of the double header turned out to be the antithesis of the first game...pitching took over the spotlight. Henry Smith took the mound for the Spartans for six strong innings giving up only 2 earned runs. Pratt Ferguson pitched the seventh striking out two. All three of their runs involved stolen bases and wild pitches. The Lion pitcher is a South Carolina baseball commit.
Offensively the Spartans had hits by Steven Holder and Sam Johnson.
Defensive Highlights included:
Asa going to the wall in deep center for an incredible catch, ending the first inning
Will Morris, at second, snagged a hard hit ground ball and fired to John for the second out of the second inning
Not be be outdone, Pratt also went to the wall in left field for an outstanding catch for the third out of the second
Pratt (again), in the sixth playing deep left, put on the burners and made an amazing catch on his knees for the first out of the sixth
Will Thomas caught the third out of of the sixth inning in deep right field
A Lion was picked off in the sixth with Henry throwing to John at first, who fired to Will Morris at second, who put on the tag.
As the season comes to an end, there is a lot to be said about this team. The team faced many challenges with injuries and missing most of last year due to COVID19. It was impressive to be in the dugout and watch them come together as a well knit team.
Enough praise and appreciation can never be said about or to the coaches. The time, effort, care, sincere concern, teaching, one on one moments,...the list goes on. The Spartans are truly blessed to have Coaches Casey Kane, Don Chuboff. Zach Rozier, Will Divers, and Denny Dotson.
Also, the parental support and encouragement for their boys and the team has been heartwarming. At the end of the game, many of the players came over personally to express their appreciation to Tom and me....says a lot about our families.
Claire and her team have done an amazing job providing the needed food, snacks, drinks and general care that the team depends on.
The seniors will be dearly missed, but we are all thankful and grateful for their leadership and wish them every success in life.