Local softball teams split doubleheader
On Saturday in adult league softball action, the D&D Sluggers of Barnwell split a doubleheader with the St. Mark Warriors in Kline.
In game one, the Warriors outlasted the Sluggers 9-7 in seven innings.
The Warriors struck first in the game. Sparked by Robert Washington’s two-run RBI double, the Warriors churned out five runs.
Others stepping up at the plate in the inning included Charlie Jenkins, Ron Bostic and Logan Witherspoon.
Trailing by five runs, the Sluggers fought back in the third inning on runs by Mike Barker, Cliff Youmans and Curtis Seabrook.
After watching their five-run lead sliced to two runs, the Warriors responded with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
For the team, Derrick Ginn and Robert Washington scored on a hit by Hammie Mayes.
Sluggers answered with two runs in the fifth inning. However, the Warriors went on to secure the victory with two more runs in the sixth inning on scores by Tim Myers and Tron Bostic.
“This is always a tough place to play so this was a very big win for our ball team,” Charlie Jenkins said.
After losing a tough game in the opener, the Sluggers looked to even the score in the second game.
William Hammond got the team off to a good start. Hammond’s RBI single in the second inning brought home Glenn Curry for the first run of the game.
The Sluggers answered with a run of their own in the top of the third inning. Tim Myers scored from second off a double by Derrick Ginn to make the score 1-1.
The Sluggers quickly seized the momentum back in the bottom of the third inning when Randy Wells scored off a hit by Brunson Bell for a 2-1 advantage.
After the teams traded runs in the fourth inning, the Sluggers pulled away for good in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Fueled by RBI doubles by Marcus Robinson and Curtis Seabrook, the Sluggers plated five runs to make the score 8-2.
Players scoring in the inning included Randy Wells, Brunson Bell, Marcus Robinson, Oliver Richardson and Glenn Curry.
Down by six runs, the Warriors tried to answer in the top of the sixth inning.
Hammie Mayes doubled, then reached home off a double by Charlie Jenkins to cut the lead to 8-3.
That, however, was as close as the game would get. In the Warriors’ last at-bat, Richardson retired the side on two ground-out and fly-out to end the game.
Richardson, who held the Warriors to just six hits, earned the win on the mound for the Sluggers.
“Great bounce-back win,” Sluggers coach Dennis Harley said. “We’ve been struggling with our bats over the past several weeks, but somehow today we found a way to generate runs.”