The USC-Salkehatchie baseball team went to work on Newberry College on the diamond Saturday in Allendale.
Behind strong bats, the Indians methodically went about their business as they celebrated a doubleheader sweep over Newberry College.
For USC-Salkehatchie, nine different players tallied at least one hit on the day. Left fielder Chris Hall of Stratford High led the way with four hits. Hall has been one of the Indians' top hitters this season.
On Feb. 2 in the home opener, Hall had three hits, including a home run in the win over East Georgia.
Hall said putting in extra time helps him at plate.
"I spend a lot of time in the batting cage working on my swing," Hall said. "I've also learned that the first pitch you get is usually the best pitch so I try to jump on it and drive the ball."
With the wins, USC-Salkehatchie improves to 5-2 in the standings.
USC Salkehatchie coach Charles "Bubba" Dorman said the team shined in all areas against Newberry College.
"Outstanding performance by our guys. The pitching was great. Hitting was superb and our defense was solid. You can't ask for a better performance," Dorman said.
In game one, USC-Salk prevailed by a score of 9-6. In that game, USC-Salk jumped on Newberry College for a 2-0 lead in the first inning on runs by Chris Hall and Nick Cain of Xenia, OH.
Newberry College responded in the top of the third inning with three runs off three hits for a 3-2 advantage.
In the third inning, Newberry College continued hot hitting with two more runs for a 5-2 lead.
Down three runs, USC-Salk answered in the bottom of the third inning when Hunter Dilworth of Easley High single, stole second and scored off a RBI by Tyler Gross of Northwood Academy.
In the fourth inning trailing 6-3, USC-Salk seized the momentum with a four-run for a 7-6 lead.
In that inning, Chris Bates of A.C. Flora High and Hall singled and scored. Donovan Campbell of Colleton County and Shuler Ward of Williamsburg Academy reached on walks and scored. Cain was credited with a two-run RBI single.
USC-Salkehatchie added two more runs to its lead when Cooper Mullet of Emerald High and Dilworth scored for a 9-6 lead.
On the mound, Kelvin Minnig of Henry Sibley picked up the win. Minning went six innings with four hits allowed and three strikeouts. Blake Drew of Colleton County came on in the seventh for the save.
In the second game, USC-Salk scored a 6-1 win behind a five-hit, six strikeout performance by right hander Wayne Parker of Palmetto High.
Parker, who retired six batters in a row at one stretch improved to 2-0 in the season.
Parker said the team rallied around him.
"The main thing for me today was getting ahead in the count. I didn't want to fall behind because that's usually when you get into trouble, Parker said. "Overall I thought I threw the ball pretty well, but our hitting and defense was also good."
USC-Salk which tallied seven hits in the game also benefited from seven walks by Newberry College.
Newberry College scored the first run of the game, but USC-Salk tied the game in the second inning when Dylan Huskey of Gaffney High reached on a single, then scored on a sacrifice by Billing.
In the third inning, USC-Salk surged ahead at 3-1 on runs by Huskey and Matthew Carnes of Wilson Hall.
Two innings later, USC-Salk added to its lead. Dilworth and Kamren Harrill of Greer High each scored on a bases loaded walk to make the score 5-1.
In the sixth inning, Dilworth added an insurance run off a sacrifice by Huskey to complete the scoring.
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