Coastal 3A News
Conley Falls to Rose
April 7, 2014D H Conley High School
J.H. Rose created more separation atop the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference baseball standings on Friday, pulling away from rival D.H. Conley for a 3-1 win at Conley.
The game was tied 1-1 before Rose’s J.D. Clark ripped his second RBI single of the game in the top of the fifth, scoring Mason Keen for the go-ahead run. Keen also scored in the seventh and, on the mound, the senior and East Carolina recruit put together a complete-game performance with six strikeouts.
The Rampants (13-0, 7-0) finished with an 8-3 advantage in hits over the Vikings (9-5), who are second in the league standings with a 4-3 record.
“It was big for us to get a three-game lead with five games to go,” Rose coach Ronald “RV” Vincent said of the ECC title race. “Now we just have to take care of ourselves.”
Keen, JHR’s No. 2 hitter, finished 2-for-3. Next in the batting order was Bailey Sugg (2-for-4, run), and Clark, the cleanup hitter, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and an intentional walk.
“I was real pleased that J.D. got a couple big hits for us, and Bailey Sugg hustles so much,” said Vincent, who will be inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame today.
After Rose took a 2-1 lead in the fifth, Conley almost tied the game in the bottom half of the frame after getting runners on first and third base with two outs. But a double steal attempt ended with the third out being made at home plate.
The Vikes got a runner into scoring position with one out during the next inning, but he was caught stealing, and they left runners on second and third after a strikeout.
Bradley Strickland (1-for-2) scored DHC’s lone run in the third after drawing a walk, moving to second on a wild pitch, taking third on a fielder’s choice and scoring on a fielding error.
“Pitching and defense has been our game,” DHC coach Jason Mills said. “So we’ve put some spurts together, but sometimes we have some guys who I think question themselves when they go to the plate. ... You can’t have that, and there’s a learning curve for us right now because we’re so young.”
— Ronnie Woodward
Greenville Daily Reflector