2019-03-13 / Sports

Spartan pitchers shine on diamond

DIANA ROYAL

The Spartans picked up a win and a loss on the diamond last week, upping their record to 3-2.

On Monday, they faced Frederica Academy of St. Simons Island and defeated the Knights by an impressive 10-2. The Spartans tallied 15 hits to Frederica’s 7. The Knights also recorded 3 errors while the Spartans had none.

Head coach Jonathan Broxton said the two main components that contributed to the Spartans’ victory were pitching and defense. “Great pitching leads to great defense,” he said, adding that Mason Boswell had a remarkable showing from the hill. The junior threw 75 pitches, 59 of which were strikes. In 6.2 innings, Boswell allowed just 6 hits, 2 runs and 2 earned runs and had zero BB. He struck out 7 batters. Jaylon Glisson came in for the close, throwing 11 pitches, including 8 strikes and a strikeout.

Glisson also led the Spartan offense, batting 3-4 with an RBI. Boswell hit 3-5 with 2 RBIs; Parker Thompson was 2-5 with a homerun and 3 RBIs; Jonathan Duffie was 2-4 with 2 stolen bases; Blake Harrison was 2-5 with 2 RBIs; Jeremy Gay was 1-4 with a homerun.

Thursday’s matchup against Augusta Christian went in the opposite direction, and the Spartans found themselves with their second loss of the season as the Lions defeated them 3-0.

Broxton said the pitching efforts from both schools were great, with EBA earning just 4 hits and ACS getting 5. “We just didn’t hit the ball,” he said, adding that the Spartans had a total of 10 strikeouts. He said they needed to improve on hitting the ball to the opposite field and on not letting the game speed up on them.

Glisson led the offensive effort, hitting 2-3, and Joey Wall was 1-2 with a BB. Blake Harrison was also 1-1 with 2 BB.

From the mound, Gay pitched 5 innings, delivering 73 pitches (47 strikes and 4 strikeouts) and allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 ER, 1 BB and 2 HBP. Duffie closed the game for Edmund Burke with 18 pitches in 1 inning. He threw 11 strikes and 1 strikeout and had 1 run scored.

The Spartans traveled to Louisville yesterday (Tuesday) to play Thomas Jefferson Academy, but results were not available at press time. They’ll play Brentwood in Sandersville next Tuesday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m.

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