GROVETOWN — One big inning cost the Grovetown Warriors on Wednesday night as Lincoln County handed them a 10-2 loss.
They entered the sixth inning tied at 1. By the end of the sixth, the Red Devils (6-4) had pushed across eight runs on five hits. Warriors starting pitcher Phillip Dukes walked three and the defense committed an error behind him.
“They hit the ball when they needed to and we didn’t,” Warriors head coach Mike Jones said.
Grovetown’s scoring chances in the first three innings went largely unfulfilled. They stranded a runner at third in the first two innings, but scored in the third.
Garrett Haskins and Cameron Busby singled to start the inning and moved up on a sacrifice by Jose Taitague. After a walk to Cody McAllister, Mitch Davis plated Haskins with a sacrifice fly to center field. That, however, would be all they would get.
“We’ve got to drive people in when we get a chance,” Busby said. “You can’t win if you can’t score.”
Dukes (0-2) stranded three runners in the first three innings. In the fourth, he surrendered a leadoff double to Dylan Norman, who tied the game after a wild pitch and sacrifice fly.
Dukes wouldn’t make it out of the sixth, allowing eight runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked three.
Max Ashmore’s two-run single in the sixth started the rally, scoring Tom Reeb and Price Rogers, both on base after beating the throw to first on bunt attempts. Dukes was pulled four batters later after an out, a single and two walks.
Cole Mattison (2-0) picked up the win for the Red Devils.