Warhorses suffer tough loss to Bamberg

  • Seth Chestnut of the Warhorses racked up eight strikeouts in Friday’s game against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

The Barnwell High varsity baseball team suffered a tough loss Friday, March 17 in Bamberg.

In a contest that turned into a pitching duel between the old foes, the Red Raiders rallied late to come away with a 2-1 victory in seven innings.

Clinging to a one-run lead, the Warhorses seemingly had things in control after six and a half innings of play.

Unfortunately for the Warhorses, the momentum changed in favor of the Red Raiders in the bottom of the seventh inning.

A Red Raider squad that trailed the entire game fired back in their last at-bat.

For the Red Raiders, Gabriel Zeigler and Hunter Etheridge were the offensive stars on the day. Ze igler, who reached on a single, scored the tying run off a hit by Perry Fleming. Etheridge then followed with the winning run after the Warhorses committed a throwing error to first base.

The loss drops Barnwell High to 3-1 in region play.

Barnwell High coach Don Mims said the outcome of the game left somewhat of a sour taste in his mouth.

“This definitely wasn’t an easy pill to swallow,” Mims said. “We had the game, but just failed to execute a couple of times in the last inning. This game was kind of like the one we had against Batesburg. We defeated them 2-1 and today we fell by the same score.”

The low-scoring affair was highlighted by arguably two of the best two pitchers in class AA with Seth Chestnut of Barnwell High and Perry Fleming of Bamberg-Ehrhardt going against each other.

Chestnut, who threw 102 pitches, spun another quality start.

At times Chestnut was in ace form on the mound, retiring six straight batters during one stretch in the game. He finished allowing four hits, a walk and recording eight strikeouts in seven innings.

Chestnut, however, was matched by an outstanding outing from Perry Fleming of the Red Raiders.

Fleming threw 97 pitches in the game and didn’t allow an earned run through seven straight innings of work. He finished the contest with five hits allowed and three strikeouts.

For the Warhorses, it was a game of missed opportunities. Twice in the contest the Warhorses had runners at first and second with one out, but was unable to capitalize on either opportunity.

For the game, the Warhorses finished with five hits. Seth Chestnut led the bats with two hits. Nathan Toole and Jackson Ridgeway also had a single.

The Red Raiders were led at the plate by Corey Beard with two hits. Others who singled included Hunter Etheridge, Luke Harper and Perry Fleming.

“We missed some scoring opportunities early in the game, but I have to give a lot of credit to Bamberg. They hung around and found a way to generate runs late in the game,” Mims said.