Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan took down the Mars Hill Lions in a 6-4 final on Tuesday evening.
The Warriors posted five hits in the victory. Quinton Bent led the Warriors with three of the six RBIs. Bent was followed by Trey Matthews with two. Trey Matthews, Jesse Getford and Quinton Bent each hit a home run in the win over Mars Hill. Four Warriors had a walk in the game.
Southern Wesleyan had 10 strikeouts in the victory over Mars Hill. Tyler Rio and TJ McEvilly led the team with three strikeouts each. Rio started the evening for the Warriors and went two innings while allowing two hits and striking out three batters. Daniel Singleton got the victory and Roth Mathews received a save.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 6, Mars Hill 4
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-2), Mars Hill (1-3)
Coach Gillespie says…
"Really proud of our team effort tonight. We played a clean game in the field and our pitching staff gave us an opportunity to win the game until our bats got going. We had some big at bats that proved to be the difference. We challenged our guys to put an exciting product on the field at home and tonight they answered the call. Now the standard for quality of play has been set."
How It Happened
The Mars Hill Lions attacked early in the top of the first inning when a double by Honeycutt brought G. McCurry and Brubaker home and give the Lions a 2-0 lead. Southern Wesleyan answered the challenge in the bottom of the third inning. Devin Patrick led off the inning with a walk, and then a home run by Trey Matthews allowed the Warriors to tie the game up at two.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning. Jesse Getford led off the inning with a home run over the right field wall to give the Warriors a 3-2 run advantage over the Lions. A single by Julio Justo and a walk by Conner Ewing put runners on first and second base and bring Quinton Bent up to bat. Bent drove the ball over the right field run for the Warriors third home run of the game and give them a 6-2 run lead. Southern Wesleyan went on to win their second game of the season in a 6-4 final score.
The Warriors will hit the road on February 9 and 10 as they travel to Jacksonville, FL to take on the Trinity Baptist Eagles in a three game series. They will remain on the road on February 14 as they take on the Anderson Trojans at 3 p.m.