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July 7, 2010
By James Frye of Southeastern Conference

The remaining schedule for the 2010 CCSBL baseball season does not favor Scotland because of the travel, so they needed to make the most of its home game Tuesday night.

The Scots did just that.

Derek Barnes’s suicide squeeze with the bases loaded, scored the winning run from third, allowing Scotland (7-2) to inch out a 6-5 extra-inning victory over Hoke County at McCoy Field.

Tim Chavis pitched a gem for the Scots in the game, allowing just three hits while fanning 10 batters in five innings of work but he did not factor into the decision.

"Tim Chavis was mowing them down tonight, he had eight strikeouts through four. I felt that we extended him a little bit tonight but we've understood that its a week-long process and we had to save Josh (Collins)," said Scotland Coach Michael Sellers. "Tim gave us an effort good enough for the win but we just didn't play well enough behind him."

"I thought Blake (Bennett) came in a did a great job despite allowing the home run. Dakota (Graves) came in, threw strikes and then Hayden (Buffkin) came in and had a momentum changer. We were down in the dumps, down a run, kind of feeling sorry for ourselves and he lifted us up by inducing the double play," Sellers added.

The Scots scored twice in the first, and once in the second while the Bucks got a run in first and one in the fifth as Scotland led 4-2 following an RBI single from Kwashawn Quick.

Hoke (4-5) got a pair of key hits to take a 5-4 lead after six innings.

The big hit came off the bat of Andy Brayboy, who smashed a towering, two-run homer over the left field fence.

Brayboy, who was 1-for-4 on the night also tossed seven innings of four-hit ball with five strikeouts but like Chavis, would not factor into the decision.

An RBI ground out from Hayden Buffkin scored William Adams to tie the game and almost scored Kris Tyndall from first, but he was tagged out at home, forcing the game into extra innings.

Barnes, who had the winning bunt finished just 1-for-5 while Greg Jorgensen finished 2-for-4. Josh Collins (5-1) picked up the win with a scoreless seventh for the Scots, who travel to Pinecrest Thursday night at 7 p.m.

In recent action, Scotland knocked off Clinton, 11-1 last Thursday before dropping a 6-5 heartbreaker to Lumberton Monday night.

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