KINGSPORT — A win is a win is a win.
Sullivan South, grinding its way through eight baseball games this week, managed to pick up a 5-0 Big 8 Conference win over visiting Volunteer on Thursday.
It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.
“This is such a tough stretch for us,” said Rebels’ coach Anthony Richardson. “We’ve not hit the ball this bad in a long time.
“We’ve been averaging about 10 hits a game,” added Richardson. “But the guys found a way to win tonight and that’s big.”
Falcons’ starter Alec Carter had South swinging at bad pitches for much of the contest. His off-speed repertoire kept the Rebs off balance.
In the bottom of the third, South’s Caleb Krutak laced a double to left center. Charlie Moore followed with an RBI single.
Moore then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Carter walked South’s Andrew Copas and then Preston Douglas brought Moore home with a single to left.
With a 2-0 lead, Rebels’ pitcher Russell Koesters settled into a rhythm.
“My fastball was working well,” said Koesters, who allowed just four hits and finished with nine strikeouts. “But it was my slider that did most of the damage. I really was able to work the outside of the plate with that pitch.”
For complete coverage of the game see the April 12 edition of the Times-News.