Watauga's baseball team rallies past St. Stephens
by Staff Reports
HICKORY -- For the first five innings of Watauga's baseball game at St. Stephens Friday, the Pioneers' offense managed to push just one run across the plate.
Then Watauga's offense came alive.
The Pioneers scored four runs in the sixth inning and five in the seventh to bury St. Stephens 10-4. Watauga sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth and eight batters to the plate in the seventh to rally past the Indians.
Watauga (6-7, 4-4 NWC) moved into a fourth place tie with Hibriten. The Pioneers play at Hibriten on April 11. Watauga's home game with North Davidson Saturday was postponed.
Watauga host Fred T. Foard on Tuesday.
Adam Greene, for the second straight game, provided a spark for the Pioneers. This time, he did it with his eyes by coaxing a walk to start the sixth and the seventh-inning rallies.
In Watauga's 10-1 win over Hickory Wednesday, he hit a three-run home run to spark a rally.
St. Stephens helped the Pioneers load the bases in the sixth inning by making an error and by hitting batter after walking Greene. That allowed Colby Illich to drive in Greene with a sacrifice fly to pull Watauga to 3-2.
Steadman Sauls went next by driving in a run with a single to tie the game 3-3.
A critical St. Stephens error on a line drive hit by Carson Isaacs allowed two more runs to score, which gave Watauga a 5-3 lead.
Clay Mizner added a two-run, pinch-hit single in the seventh inning.
Jesse Illich went 3-for-5 from the plate with two doubles. He scored two runs and also drove in another.
Utah Jones went 2-for-3 with two triples.
Matt Lambert tossed a complete game on the mound for the Pioneers, his career first. The junior right-hander scattered four hits, struck out six, walked one and hit two batters.
All four of St. Stephens' runs were unearned.