West Craven’s Armstrong shuts down Washington
By By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
Washington ran into some familiar problems on Tuesday and West Craven made the Pam Pack pay.
The Eagles used a couple big innings and benefited from six Washington errors en route to a 14-3 victory in Coastal Conference action at Futrell Field. West Craven (3-3) scored at least three runs in three innings and Eagle starter Shawn Armstrong shut down the Pam Pack (2-3, 0-3) bats, sending Washington to its third consecutive loss.
Armstrong picked up the win, striking out 11 Washington batters in five innings. The first eight outs he recorded were by strikeout.
Caleb Wetherington hit a two-run double to highlight a three-run first inning.
Washington starter Josh Woolard (six unearned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk in four innings) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second, but West Craven struck again in the fourth. Wetherington hit an RBI-single and Armstrong roped a two-run double to make it 6-0.
Pack reliever Graham Fulcher (one unearned run on one hit with one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings) held the Eagles at bay in the middle frames.
The Pack made it 6-2 in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk by Jeffrey Boyd and a sacrifice fly from Billy Craig.
West Craven broke the game wide open with an 8-run seventh to go up 14-2. Senior Trent Whitehead, who has signed to play at East Carolina University next year, moved from centerfield to the mound. It was a rough outing as he allowed seven unearned runs after seven walks and a single.
David Tyson’s RBI-double in the bottom of the seventh ended the scoring. Fittingly, the Pack left the bases loaded, stranding 13 runners in all.
The Pam Pack will look to end its skid Friday against the J.H. Rose Rampants. Game time will be 5 p.m.
West Craven 300 300 8 — 14 10 1
Washington 000 020 1 — 3 6 5
WP: Shawn Armstrong; LP: Josh Woolard
Hitters: WC — Caleb Wetherington 2-4 (2B, 4 RBIs), Logan Swindell 2-2, Chris Ipock 2-4 (RBI), Alan Edwards 2-4, Shawn Armstrong 1-4 (3 RBIs), Sean Drosey 1-4 (RBI); W — David Tyson 2-3 (2B, RBI), Steven Kendall 2-4, Billy Craig 1-2 (RBI), Lee Watkins 1-3.