Trojans blank Rebels in five innings

Dave Ongie • Mar 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

KINGSPORT — It’s been a long week for Sullivan South’s baseball team.

But a failure to launch on Friday night against Morristown West led to a short night at the ballpark for the Rebels.

The Trojans plated three runs in the top of the first inning and scored at least one run in each inning thereafter en route to a five-inning, 10-0 victory.

After ending up on the wrong side of a 13-inning contest against Dobyns-Bennett on Tuesday night, the Rebels were bound to be a little short on pitching during a four-game week.

But on Friday, they seemed a little short on motivation, and that bothered South coach Anthony Richardson.

“You’ve got to show up every day, and we didn’t show up,” Richardson said. “We’ve got seniors, and this is their last go-round. If they want to show up and be nonchalant, 10-0 is going to happen.

“We’re better than that and we know we are.”

Isaac Woody and Will Gardner each connected on an RBI double in the first inning to help get the Trojans (6-2) started. West coach Chuck Stansberry credited his hitters for being patient against South starter Preston Douglas.

“We did a real good job swinging the bats there in the first inning,” Stansberry said. “A few runs early gave our pitcher a lot of confidence to pound the zone.”

Gardner certainly pitched with no fear after taking the mound with a 3-0 lead. With a lively fastball, a nasty slider and a nice cushion, Gardner held the Rebels (3-3) to three hits over four scoreless innings of work.

“Will was sharp today. He’s a good pitcher,” Stansberry said. “I think he’s one of the best in East Tennessee when he’s dialed in like that. He was able to locate all his pitches today.”

For the complete version of this story, see the Saturday edition of the Kingsport Times-News.

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