Warriors searching for seven strong innings

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 10:09 PM

Webb again found itself with a chance to win Friday against Roxboro Community School, but the Warriors couldn’t pull out a victory.

Webb led 3-0 after the first inning and held a 3-2 lead until the Bulldogs brought three runners around in the fourth.

Webb (3-8) tied the game at 5 before Roxboro Community plated the winning run on a wild pitch. Bulldog pitcher Gray Peterson sat down the Warrior side in order in the top of the seventh to give the Person County squad a 6-5 win at Webb's Easter tourney.

“We get ourselves in a position to win and then we don’t make the simple plays to close,” said Webb coach Mike Carroll.

The Warriors, who lost to Franklin Academy 1-0 Thursday, meet Roanoke Rapids Saturday at 11 a.m.

Drew Long scored the go-ahead run for Roxboro Community. He reached base via an error before taking second on a passed ball, then third on Tucker Hord’s groundout to first.

Andrew Watson and Chad Frazier each recorded hits to lead “visiting” Webb in the top of the first.

“You have to be mentally focused at that point,” said Carroll. “It’s not a given just because you’re ahead. You have to play seven innings. That’s just something we’re not doing. We’re not getting seven good innings of baseball.”

The Bulldogs tied it at 3 on Jarren Winstead’s RBI shot to center field before Winstead scored on an infield single and Collin Winstead came across on a balk.

Bailey Harrell’s single tied the game at 5 for Webb.

With Harrell and Frazier on base, Bryan Smith took starter Jarren Winstead deep to dead center field, but the RCS outfielder came up with a catch at the wall to end the inning.

Jarren Winstead went five innings for the Bulldogs, striking out seven.

“He’s a good pitcher,” Carroll said of the right-hander. “I think he’s definitely somebody we should have hit a lot better. Our approaches at the plate are not where they need to be. He didn’t throw many off-speed pitches for strikes. Sit on his fastball and drive it. That’s a mindset we have to get into a habit of.”

Michael Dalton started and went 3.1 innings for Webb before being relieved by Andrew Watson, then David Watson.

Saturday at the Webb Easter tourney

Fifth-place game: Webb (0-2) vs Roanoke Rapids (0-2), 11 a.m.

Third-place game: Franklin Academy (1-1) vs Roxboro Community School (1-1), 2 p.m.

Championship: Northern Vance (2-0) vs Southern Vance (2-0), 5 p.m.

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