Salkehatchie gets on hot streak

  • Cody Adams of the USC-Salkehatchie Indians slides into third base in the fourth inning of Wednesday’’s game against Anderson.

The USC-Salkehatchie Indians baseball team has been on a nice roll of late.

After a dismal 5-11 start to the season, the Indians have reversed their fortunes with six wins in their most recent games.

With the victories, USC-Salkehatchie moves to 11-13.

USC-coach Charles “Bubba” Dorman said timely hitting and solid pitching has been the key to turning the team around.

“Right now, we’re doing a very good job of putting the ball in play at crucial times in games,” Dorman said. “We haven’t allowed many runs because our pitching and defense has performed really well.”

On Saturday in Allendale, the Indians came off a series sweep of Faith College where they outscored the Warriors 15-2.

“Big win to keep our momentum going. We had several players that stepped up and provided us with a spark,” Dorman said.

In opening game it was somewhat of a struggled for the Indians. The Indians fell behind 2-1 after six innings, but rallied in the final two innings for a 3-2 victory.

Offensively, the Indians pounded out nine hits in the game with Nick Delblanco, Mitchell Cobb and Alex Vazquez leading the bats with two hits each.

On the mound, Robert Lewis went the distance with six hits allowed and eight strikeouts.

The second game was much easier for the Indians as they rolled over Faith College 12-0. The pitching was outstanding for the Indians as Jefferson Davis Academy product Will Gee recorded his first win of the season. Gee, who had a season-high 13 strikeouts, allowed only two hits in six innings of work.

The contest was a 1-0 game until the fourth inning when the Indians tagged Faith’s pitching for eight runs. The inning was highlighted by RBI doubles from Jack Campbell, Taylor Merriweather and Asher Smith.

In other action, the Indians took out Anderson University in back-to-back games in the March 1 doubleheader.

In game one, the Indians rolled to a 8-1 win behind a one-hit, four-strikeout performance from Chase Ferguson.

At the plate, the Indians scattered 12 hits through six innings. Caleb Talton fueled the bats with four hits and two RBIs. Josh Litchfield and Jonathan Wright delivered a two-hit outing. Others who contributed a hit included Nick Delbianco Asher Smith, Steven Buss, A’Tavious Martin and Joey Allen.

In the second game the Indians erupted for six runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 12-3 win.

For the Indians, a season-high five players had multiple hits. Coby Adams led the bats with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Others enjoying a good day at the plate included Caleb Talton with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Benny Trefsgar finished with two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Caleb Mitchell had two hits and two runs scored.

On the mound for the Indians, Nate Timms, Jonathan Bowman and Joshua Craven all saw action. Timms got most of the work, going five innings with five hits allowed and four strikeouts.