Coastal 3A News
Conley Baseball Suffers 2-1 Defeat to South Central
April 2, 2014D H Conley High School
A conversation between South Central baseball coach Robert “Peanut” Langston and standout senior Tucker Jacobs determined that the 10th inning would be Jacobs’ final inning on the mound against rival D.H. Conley.
That worked out perfectly for the Falcons, who scored in the top of the seventh to force extra innings and pushed across a run in the 10th to snatch a 2-1 victory over Conley and snap DHC’s six-game win streak. Jacobs, who struck out eight batters, and DHC starter Peyton Ahlers (61⁄3 innings, three strikeouts, two hits allowed) keep the offensive highlights to a minimum, and each team finished with four hits.
The Falcons (5-7, 2-4 Eastern Carolina Conference) didn’t record a hit in the 10th and scored the winning run on a balk by Conley relief pitcher Tyler Crum.
“We did what I call a roll up your sleeve, get in the sewer, grind it out and figure out a way to win,” said Langston, who said Jacobs was at 112 pitches when the two talked after the ninth inning. “We caused them to make a mistake (in the 10th), and earlier in the game we made a mistake and they took advantage to go up 1-0. ... It was a good high school baseball game, but our backs are to the wall because of our conference record and we have to go play with blinders on.”
With Conley (8-4, 4-2) trailing 2-1, Jacobs plunked Alex Haag to begin the bottom of the 10th, but SC third baseman Matt Conlin made a diving catch on a bunt attempt and Haag was caught stealing to clear the bases. Jacobs then struck out Ryan Maness to end the game.
Maness gave DHC the lead in the bottom of the first after a leadoff single, moving to third after a fielding error and a fielder’s choice and scoring on Turner Shafer’s bunt.
But SC scored in the seventh on Matt Summers’ infield single that scored Zac Banks, who was hit by a pitch with one out.
In the 10th, SC’s Travious Ford and Summers drew walks to begin the frame. Ford moved to third base on a fielder’s choice and trotted home after the balk.
“It’s inexcusable on our part, to not be mentally prepared,” DHC coach Jason Mills said of South Central scoring in the 10th without getting a hit.
SC’s Phillip Ellis was the only player to record more than one hit, finishing 2-for-4.
— Ronnie Woodward