By Nick Nunn staff writer
The Morgan County baseball C-Team began their 2014 season at the Alcovy Diamond Day on February 22, where they lost to Alcovy 7-1 and Apalachee 9-0. Rallying from their first losses of the season, the C-Team beat Washington-Wilkes’ JV team on February 28, 7-6, and Newton County on Friday, Feb. 28, 13-3.
Morgan County C-Team Head Coach Rob Brown said that the season opening double-header in Alcovy was a “big eye-opener” for the team, which is comprised solely of eighth-graders and ninth-graders “These young guys are playing at a higher level of competition, against guys a lot older, and they haven’t backed down yet,” said Coach Brown. “I am very proud of the progress that we are continuing to make.” The C-Team’s progress manifested itself in a win against Washington-Wilkes at home last Thursday.
Morgan County found themselves behind Washington-Wilkes 0-6 in the fifth inning before they began to rally. Caleb Fossum began the fifth inning off for the Dogs with a single.
Anderson Wells and Garner Drummond were right behind him with singles of their own, and Bryson Burke then reached base for his second time in the game. Hunter Christian and Carter Kirkpatrick then reached on walks before Trey Patterson and Grant Cofer hit back-to-back doubles. All told, eight consecutive batters made it to base during the fifth inning for Morgan County, creating seven runs and giving the lead to the Dogs 7-6. The Dogs had their second win of the season last Friday night against Newton County 13-3.
Again, Morgan County’s offense got off to a late start, trailing 1-3 after the first half of the fifth inning, but they drove in five runs in the bottom of the fifth and then seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game with the run rule 13-3.
Burke led the team in output with three RBIs, while Kirkpatrick, Patterson, and Cofer each earned two RBIs.
Hunter Christian earned the win, pitching four and two-third innings and only allowing three runs on six hits. On Wednesday, the C-Team played Jackson County in Jefferson at 5 p.m., and they will play Jackson County at home this Friday at 5:30 p.m.