Junior Legion team sweeps Foard
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's Junior Legion baseball team swept a doubleheader from Fred T. Foard's ‘B' team Monday at Watauga High. The methods were as different as the scores.
Watauga won the first game 11-1 in three innings when the game was stopped because of the 10-run mercy rule. Watauga also won the second game, but needed to score two runs in the bottom of the fifth to beat Foard 9-8.
Watauga improved to 6-2 in its fourth home doubleheader, and 9-6-1 overall.
In the first game, Watauga shot out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back. In the second game, Foard took an early 5-0, but could not hold off a late Watauga rally.
Watauga scored on the final play of the second game, but it was a bit more dramatic than in the first when Watauga did the same. Jesse Illich capped a game-long rally by hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly that drove in Matt Tyndall to give Watauga its winning run.
Watauga trailed 8-7 going into the bottom of the fifth, but Clay Mizner opened the inning with a double. After Tyndall reached on an error, Brandon Warren drove in Justin Greer, who was running for Mizner, to tie the game 8-8.
Isaacs was intentionally walked to load the bases before Illich came to bat.
Foard took the early lead in the second game by scoring three runs in the first inning and two in the second. Isaacs drove in two runs with his second triple of the twin bill to pull Watauga to 5-3.
Watauga added two runs in the fourth inning, one on a Sturgill RBI single. Watauga finished with six hits and benefited from seven Foard walks.
Foard finished with five hits and got eight walks from starter Tyler Nigro and Sturgill, who came on in relief.
Watauga was in complete control of the first game from the very beginning. After Watauga pitcher Adam Greene held Foard scoreless, Watauga rallied for six runs on six hits in the bottom of the first inning. Matt Lambert single to left field, combined with a Foard error, drove in Tyler Sturgill, Justin Greer and Hunter Isaacs. Lambert scored on a Mizner double, which put Watauga in front by six runs.
Sturgill doubled in the second inning and scored on a Justin Greer single to give Watauga a 7-0 lead. Foard avoided a shutout on an Austin Hector RBI single in the top of the third, but Watauga answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Greene helped himself with a double, and was one of two RBIs for Carson Isaacs, who ripped a two-run triple. He scored on a Sturgill single, his third hit of the game.
Watauga finished with 11 hits overall. Isaacs and Justin Greer each had two hits.
Greene held Foard to just two hits. Hector and Zander Toy each singled.
Watauga hosts East Burke Friday night in its fifth straight home doubleheader.