Pam Pack routs Cougars on senior night

Published 2:19 pm Friday, May 5, 2017

On a night dedicated to honor its seniors, the Washington baseball team sent its graduating players out in style in a one-sided 9-0 victory over 2-A Eastern Plains Conference foe Southwest Edgecombe on Thursday night.

Frederick Holscher, the only player in the game with multiple hits, led the charge on senior night for Washington. The junior went 2-for-3 at the plate, including an RBI triple, and stole a base. Matt Black, one of the six seniors honored before the game — along with Jacob Smith, Riley Davis, Tripp Barfield, Cody Godley and Logan Little — also had a strong game. Black finished 1-for-3, knocked in an RBI, scored two runs and stole a base, as well.

The Pam Pack started the game aggressively. Black, the lead-off man, set the tone. The senior centerfielder swung at the first pitch he saw to knock a single to right field. He followed that by stealing second base. Black then moved to third after Chris Sulc hit in to a fielder’s choice.

Holscher brought Black home for the first score of the game with a hit that just caught the left-field foul line for a triple. Little then hit a sacrifice fly to score Holscher, which gave Washington a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

Washington also had productive innings in the fifth, scoring two runs, and the sixth, when it tacked on another three. The difference, though, was that fielding errors, wild pitches and walks fueled those runs in the later innings.

Godley, the starting pitcher for the Pam Pack, performed well, shutting down Southwest Edgecombe’s (4-19, 1-9) batters. After Godley allowed two base hits in the top of the first inning, he buckled down and didn’t allow another base runner the rest of the time he was on the mound. Godley lasted five innings, struck out four Cougars, walked none and gave up two hits on the way to picking up the win.

Southwest Edgecombe’s two hits were actually provided by its two pitchers on the night. Starting pitcher Cody Fuller led off the game with a single, and also put in four innings of work on the mound. In those four innings, Fuller gave up four runs on four hits, while throwing two wild pitches and hitting two batters with pitches. Right fielder Matt Raynor also hit a single in the first inning, before being moved to the mound at the bottom of the fifth. In two innings of work, Raynor gave up five runs on three hits and walked three batters.

This was the Pam Pack’s final game of the regular season. They will play in the first round of the NCHSAA baseball playoffs on May 10.