One of the keys for the Jefferson Davis Academy varsity baseball team's 7-2 start in this season has been outstanding defense.
Fortunately for the Raiders, that trend continued in Edgefield March 25 against Wardlaw Academy
For the Raiders, solid defense combined with timely hitting lifted the team past the Patriots of Wardlaw Academy by a score of 7-6.
Wardlaw Academy, which stranded eight base runners, had plenty of scoring opportunities. The Raiders, however, came up big in key situations.
In the first inning tied at 1-1, Wardlaw Academy was threatening to take the lead with the bases loaded with no outs.
The Raiders, however, turned in a triple play to get out of a jam. On the play, the Patriots hitter hit a line drive to Adam Gee, who made the catch. Gee alertly tagged second base before making a throw to first baseman Jared Brown to complete the inning.
Two innings later, the Raiders were on the ropes again. This time, the Raiders led 2-1, but the Patriots were in scoring position with runners on first and second with one out. Adam Gee came through once again as he hauled in a line drive, then made a throw to Brown to complete the double play.
Ross Kinard retired the Patriots in order in the seventh inning on two ground outs and a fly out. Kinard went the entire way, tossing a seven-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks.
"We had a couple of outstanding defense plays tonight," JDA coach Curt Ott said.
"Our pitcher did a solid job on the mound and our hitters swung the bat well when we had runners in scoring position."
Offensively, the Raiders used timely hitting and good base running to take advantage of four errors by the Patriots.
Makenzie Webster and Will Gee were the top hitters for the Raiders. Webster, who scored in the second and third innings, went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Will Gee finished 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Others producing at the plate were Adam Gee, Cameron Polston, Kinard and Lawson Holland.
Adam Gee singled and drove in a run off a sacrifice fly. Polston singled and scored in the fifth inning. Kinard collected two hits, a stolen base and a run scored. Holland drove in the first run of the game with a single to right field.
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