LAURINBURG — After a marathon game last weekend, the Fighting Scots baseball team made quick work of the Anson Bearcats on Thursday with an 8-0 win to get out of the cold.
The sun might have been shining, but the wind still had a chill to it that forced the few fans in attendance to wrap up under blankets.
The Scots didn’t waste any time putting runners on the bases as lead-off hitter Donta Green was hit by a pitch. With one runner on sophomore Daly Marcano hit a line drive to right-center field. Anson’s right fielder dove for the ball and almost made the catch but the force of hitting the ground made him drop the ball.
With runners on first and second Justin Bowers hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Green from second to put the Scots up 1-0. Sophomore Austin Norton then hit a long fly ball to left field to load the bases. Senior Justin Ray hit into a fielder’s choice and Anson tagged Norton out at second base for the second out of the inning. During Ray’s at bat, Marcano scored on a pass ball to put the Scots up 2-0.
Zac Phillips was hit by a pitch before third baseman Tyler Faulk strikeout to end the inning.
On the mound, Marcano went three up, three down on an infield ground ball, a line-drive catch by Green and a strikeout.
Back in the batter’s box, the Scots picked up where they left off with a single to right by junior Davon Ratliffe to start the inning. Senior McKenzie White laid down a bunt that trickled down the first-base line and was picked up by Anson’s pitcher, but instead of tossing it underhand to first he threw it overhand and the ball missed the target. The pass ball at first allowed Ratliffe to advance to third.
Another pass ball by Anson allowed Ratliffe to score to give the Scots a 3-0 lead. Green quickly made it 4-0 as he crushed a fastball to right for a triple to score White from first. Anson then switched pitchers to senior Garrett Thomas, which resulted in a pop out by Marcano for the first out of the inning.
Another pass ball allowed the Scots to score their fifth run before Anson got a ground out and a fly out to end the inning.
Marcano pitched another three up, three down inning for the Scots in the third with a fly out, strikeout and infield ground out. Anson held the Scots scoreless in the bottom of the third, but the Scots scored another run in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. White was hit by a pitch and stole second to set up another run off a sacrifice ground ball by Bowers.
The Scots scored their final two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as head coach Chad Hill rotated in his bench players. Grand Burleson made it safely to first on a ground ball before a walk to Tripp Wells and a single to right from Matt Hyatt loaded the bases for the Scots. Tyler Snipes was hit by a pitch to walk in a run, Ray was hit by a pitch after a strikeout by Niem Ratliffe to walk in a second run. A ground out by Phillips ended the inning.
The Scots pitching staff threw their third shut out of the season as Marcano, Ray, Norton and senior Austin Clark combined for zero runs off five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
The Scots improve to 8-0 overall while Anson moved to 5-3 on the season.
The team is back in action this afternoon as they host E.A. Laney at 4 p.m. The Scots open Southeastern conference play on Tuesday at Purnell at 7 p.m.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.