Bath 14U beats Jamesville, earns trip to district championship

Published 1:55 am Thursday, July 14, 2016

JAMESVILLE — Bath’s 14U all-star baseball team had an error that cost them two runs, giving hosting Jamesville a 2-1 run lead halfway through the second inning.

That was the only costly slip up by Bath as it went on to score runs in three consecutive innings to take a commanding lead by the end of the fourth. The short memory regarding the early error and continued excellence at the plate helped Bath knock off Jamesville, 9-4, and advance to the Little Tar Heel District 7 championship.

“It’s always a big thing,” coach Doug Dixon said of the team bouncing back from its early defensive mishap. “You see that in college ball, in high school ball — anytime you make an error, you keep your head up and come back, make the next play. You don’t keep your head down.”

Ryan Woolard led off the second with a single back up the middle. Cameron Craig, who has proven himself as a power hitter as of late, moved him over a base with a sacrifice bunt. Bath had Woolard and Caleb Alligood in scoring position, trailing by a run with two outs, when it returned to the top of the batting order. Tyler Modlin then stepped up and ripped a two-run ground-rule double.

“We do the same routine. Baseball is very superstitious. We do the same thing,” Dixon said, noting that nothing changed after Bath exploded for 25 runs on Monday.

The all stars took the lead and kept it after stranding a pair of Jamesville runners in scoring position in the top of the third. They never relinquished their advantage thanks to that stout defense and continued excellence on offense.

Bath added a pair of two-out runs in the third. Jamesville retired the first two batters it faced before issuing back-to-back walks to Robert Pollock and Jack Biggs. Both came around to score on Woolards double up the middle.

The boys added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 8-2 lead. Alligood and Nate Vanstaalduinen scored two of the frame’s runs on a bad throw by Jamesville’s pitcher, which also ended his night on the mound.

Jamesville was able to score twice in the top of the fifth, but Bath’s defense was able to hang on and the offense added yet another insurance run in the bottom of the frame. Mason Weaver took over pitching duties in the top of the sixth, making short work of Jamesville’s offense in the final two stanzas.

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