Caps Take Conference Opener

Strong pitching by Thomas Walden (Jr.), solid defense and live bats propelled the Caps to a 10-5 victory at Wake Forest.  The score was 0-0 after 1 when senior catcher  John Woods got things going with a single. Will Baldwin (Jr.) walked then 1st baseman Noah Yarborough (Sr.) smoked one into right that got passed the right fielder allowing sophomore Elias Kuhns (pinch running for Woods) and Baldwin to score to make it 2-0 Caps.  Freshman Kyle Ehlers then had a ground out RBI scoring Yarborough to make it 3-0 Caps.

After holding the Cougars scoreless in the bottom of the second, senior Dom Ford led off the 3rd with a walk, Woods walked and both players advanced on a ground out by junior 3rd baseman Cam Epperson.  Baldwin followed with a two-out single to CF driving in Ford and pinch runner Kuhns to make it 5-0 Caps.  In the bottom of the 4th, Wake Forest was able to load the bases before getting a sacrifice fly to plate their first fun.  Ford made a nice play in the hole at SS and Yarborough saved a couple of runs by making a nice pick at first to end the inning with Caps leading 5-1 after 4.

In the top of the 4th, Ford reached second on an error and made it to third on a wild pitch.  Soph. Warren Grady then laid down a nice RBI bunt to plate Ford.  Epperson followed with a RBI double to the fence scoring Grady, then Baldwin had an RBI bunt to score Epperson making it 8-1.  Pinch runner Kuhns scored on a wild pitch and Baldwin scored on a RBI single up the  middle by Ehlers.  Walden singled but both runners were left on base.  10-1 Caps.  Wake Forest hit a solo HR in the 5th to make it 10-2.  Walden completed his solid pitching by going 1-2-3 in the 6th.  Baldwin came in to close, allowed 3 runs before striking out the final batter to seal the victory.

Next Game Tuesday March 17th vs Leesville Wiley Warren Field 4:30

 Record   1-2  Conf (1-0)

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