LAURINBURG — The Fighting Scots baseball extended its win streak to seven on Saturday with a 7-5 non-conference win over E.A. Laney.
In order to beat the hail producing thunderstorm that hit the county on Saturday evening the game was moved up two hours, which made for beautiful baseball weather. The Scots found themselves down 0-3 after the first inning as E.A. Laney came out swinging against the Scots Matthew Hyatt.
The Buccaneers started the game off with back-to-back singles to right field before a bunt loaded the bases. E.A. Laney capitalized on a pass ball to take a 1-0 lead. Buccaneers senior RJ Hall then hit a two-run single to right to give E.A. Laney a 3-0 lead.
Scots head coach Chad Hill made the decision with two hours to pull Hyatt and move first baseman Austin Norton onto the mound. Norton got the Scots out of the inning with a strikeout, but the damage was already done.
It took the Scots one time through the line-up before they started putting runs on the board. In the bottom of the second inning the Scots tied the game 3-3. Justin Ray started the inning with a fly out to left before an error on the Buccaneers allowed Zac Phillips and Tyler Faulk to get on base. A single to center by Davon Ratliffe loaded the bases for the Scots with one out. McKenzie White hit into a fielder’s choice and was safe at first while Phillips scored and Faulk was tagged out at third for the second out of the inning.
A blooper to right by Donta Green scored Ratliffe and White to tie the game. Second baseman Daly Marcano hit a single to left to put runners on first and second for third baseman Just Bowers. Bowers hit a long fly ball to the left field wall, but E.A. Laney was able to catch the ball for the final out of the inning.
Both teams were scoreless in the third inning, in the bottom of the fourth the Scots took a one-run lead after White scored on a sac bunt by Bowers. The Scots scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a comfortable 7-3 lead heading into the seventh.
E.A. Laney threatened to tie the game in the seventh after Bowers hit the Buccaneers first batter and walked the second. Three pass balls put runners in scoring position for E.A. Laney which they took advantage of as Ty Hayward hit a two-run single up the middle.
With their lead cut to just two runs, Hill opted to put Green on the mound to close out the game. Green struck out the first batter he faced before walking the second and putting the tying run on first. Green recovered and struck out the final batter to give the Scots their seventh straight win.
The Scots improves to 7-0 while E.A. Laney moves to 3-4 overall.
The Scots open their SEC schedule tonight in Pembroke against Purnell Swett. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.