Errors, southpaw thwart CC
Errors combined with little luck against Sussex pitching did not bode well for Charles City’s host Panthers.
The visiting Tigers only got two hits over the first two innings, but managed to take a 4-0 lead with the help of four Panther errors. Sussex cruised from there to a 12-0 Tri-Rivers District baseball win in five innings on May 7.
Panther bats, meanwhile, touched Sussex lefthander Delrick Turner for only one hit on Luke Martin’s single to start the Panther half of the third inning. Martin, however, was erased on a force play at second base, and the hosts never threatened against Turner who finished with 11 strikeouts.
“We made a lot of early errors, and then we got lax after that. We watched too many strikes go by,” said Panther coach Irving Bradby, whose team dropped to 0-5 in the district and 1-9 overall.
Sussex took a 3-0 lead in the first and tacked on one in the second before breaking the game open with a four-run third frame. The visitors scored again in the fourth and added another three in the fifth.
Turner struck out five of the first six batters he faced before surrendering Martin’s single.
Charles City’s softball team ran into a similar pitching obstacle in the Tigers’ Linda Bradshaw who fired a two-hitter as Sussex rolled to an 11-1 win.
Joy Wynn’s single in the third inning and Ashton Montez’s single in the fourth accounted for the Lady Panthers’ hits. Both were stranded on base.
The hosts averted a shutout in the sixth when Tabitha Robinson was hit by a Bradshaw pitch and eventually scored on a series of Tiger throwing errors.
Sussex, meanwhile, scored three times in the first inning and added three more in the third to put the game out of reach.
The result evened Charles City’s record at 2-2 in the district and 4-4 overall.