Salkehatchie baseball bounces back with win

  • Salkehatchie Indian right-hander Will Gee, formerly Jefferson Davis Academy, pitches in Saturday’s game.

After getting swept in a doubleheader Saturday, the USC-Salkehatchie baseball team got a much needed victory Sunday in a 5-4 win over Louisburg College.

Caleb Talton of Airport High solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning helped the Indians snap a two game slide.

Talton said it was pretty much do or die for him at the plate.

“I already had two strikes on me so it wasn’t any room for error. He came with a fast ball and I did all I could just to put the ball in play. Luckily it turned out to be a game winner for us,” Talton said.

With the win, USC-Salkehatchie improves to 22-33 in the standings.

“This was a tough week for us so it definitely feels good to finally get a win,” USC-Salkehatchie coach Charles “Bubba” Dorman said. “We didn’t hit the ball all that well, but we made the most of our opportunities when we had runners on base.”

The Hurricanes of Louisburg opened the day’s scoring in the second innings on a run by CJ White.

After two hitless innings, the Indians’ got production out of their bats in the third innings with two runs of two his and an error.

Mitchell Cobb of Batesburg-Leesville High highlighted the inning. Cobb’s RBI double brought home Brady Smith of Ware Shoals High. Moments later in the inning, Jonathan Wright of Greenville High reached on an error, then scored off a sacrifice by Nick DelBianco of St. James High,

One innings later, the Indians’ good fortunes at the plate continued. This time, Corey Adams of Saluda High reached on a single, then scored off an error to make the score 3-1.

Trailing 4-2, the Hurricanes drew even in the seventh inning. Vinny Bailey came through at crunch time with a two-run RBI double to tie the score at 4-4.

The game went into extra innings with the Indians winning on a solo homer in the eighth inning.

Offensively, the Indians finished with seven hits. Jonathan Wright of Greenwood High and Brady Smith led the bats with two hits each.

On the mound for the Indians, Jon Yarbrough of Socastee High started the game and went 6 2/3 innings with seven hits allowed and six strikeouts. Hagen Mott of Holly Hill Academy came on in the sixth inning and got the win. Mott retired all four batters faced with eight strikeouts.