Terra Ceia continues hot start to the season

Published 11:59 am Thursday, April 3, 2014




The Terra Ceia baseball team erased a four-run deficit in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s make-up game against Northeast to lock up its third conference win, 10-9.

The Knights, who have made a habit of chalking up runs in the first few innings, jumped out to an early lead in the first after freshman Austin Roscoe singled and proceeded to steal both second and third base. Lelon Stotesberry stepped up two batters later and notched a base knock that plated the first run of the game.

The Eagles responded in the top of the second with a run of their own off Terra Ceia starter Tyler Hendrix. Despite commanding pitches early, both starters struggled after the first few innings.

The Northeast defense imploded in the second inning after three errors and a single scored Austin Wynne, Hendrix, Kendal Bowen and Clint Sickert. The Knights seemed to have a comfortable lead heading into the third, but once again, the Eagles would fight back and tie the game at five in the fourth inning.

Then, in the fifth, it was the Knights’ defense that struggled, allowing another four runs on a handful of errors.

Relief pitchers Roscoe, Brent Hubers and Wynne contained the Eagles bats, as Terra Ceia entered the final inning down 9-7.  In the bottom half of the frame, the Knights loaded the bases quickly after Bowen, Sickert and Josh Brown all reached.

Roscoe stepped up and drilled a line drive to right field that tipped off the outstretched hand of the right fielder, scoring Bowen and Sickert and tying the game at nine.

Chase Furlough stepped up with the opportunity to send the Knights home with a composed come-from-behind victory. He delivered. The Knights star sophomore hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game and secure a 10-9 win, improving the Knights record to an impressive 4-1.

The Knights of Pantego will face off against the Raiders of Belhaven on Monday in another timeless rivalry game between Terra Ceia and Pungo.