NEW MARKET – Southmont was looking to do something Thursday evening they haven’t done in recent history, and that’s pull off the season sweep of their County and Sagamore Athletic Conference rival North Montgomery. The Mounties received a great pitching performance, and took advantage of timely hitting, to accomplish that sweep with a 5-0 victory.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve beat North twice in a season,” said Southmont skipper Brad Wininger. “We knew it wasn’t going to be as easy as Tuesday, but we got the job done.”
Reese Long started on the bump and went the distance for the Mounties. The junior surrendered just two hits while striking out six and walking five.
“Reese pitched well tonight and did a great job,” Wininger said. “He was smart and kept them off balance. This may have been his best outing of his career.”
North was looking to make some noise early, as they had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings but couldn’t get the big hit to manufacture any runs.
“We did what we needed to early. We got a guy on base, got him in scoring position, but couldn’t get a hit,” said Charger mentor Matt Merica. “You have to give Long credit, he kept us off balance.”
The Mounties plated a run in the second as Cole Roach reached on an infield single and scored on Hunter Chadwick’s RBI double. They’d add 2-more in the third as Ryan Stanley was hit by a pitch and scored on Long’s single. Long would score on a double steal to make it 3-0 South. Their final two runs came in the fourth on RBI singles by Ashton Pruitt and Cody Laster.
They were denied more runs in the inning as Charger Jakob Kirsch came in with runners on the corners and nobody out. The freshman induced a fly out and two strike outs to keep the lead at 5.
“We played a complete game tonight with solid pitching and good defense,” Wininger said. “It also helped that we had some timely hits.”
After the third inning, North didn’t have a runner reach second base until two outs in the seventh.
Southmont (4-3, 2-0 SAC) were led offensively by Roach and Laster’s 2-hits-a-piece. Roach scored twice while Long, Chadwick, Pruitt and Laster all had RBI. They’ll host Fountain Central tonight.
North Montgomery (2-4, 0-2 SAC) were led offensively by Kai Warren’s 2-hits.
Jaxon Plant started on the hill for the Chargers surrendering 7-hits, 5-runs, 3-earned while striking out 2. Kirsch recorded 2 K’s in his 2-innings of work, and Griffon Fuller worked a scoreless sixth.
“I thought Jaxon threw well at times and got out of a couple tough spots. Kirsch came in with runners on the corners and nobody out and got out of it,” Merica said. “That’s two nights in a row, we’ve had good pitching performances, we just need to get the bats going.”
They’ll travel to Covington Friday before hosting Lafayette Jeff Saturday.
CHARGERS 000 000 0--0 2 3
MOUNTIES 012 200 x--5 8 1
2B: (SM) Chadwick
WARREN 2 0 2 0
VERDUIN 2 0 0 0
PLANT 3 0 0 0
JOHNSON 2 0 0 0
KOBEL 2 0 0 0
BRAUN 3 0 0 0
AMBRIZ 2 0 0 0
GREGG 2 0 0 0
FULLER 2 0 0 0
KIRSCH 1 0 0 0
Totals 21 0 2 0

STANLEY 3 1 0 0
BUSHONG 2 0 0 0
LONG 3 1 1 1
WININGER 3 0 1 0
SMITH 3 0 0 0
ROACH 3 2 2 0
CHADWICK 3 1 1 1
PRUITT 3 0 1 1
LASTER 3 0 2 1
Totals 26 5 8 4

PLANT (L) 3 7 5 3 1 2
KIRSCH 2 0 0 0 0 2
FULLER 1 1 0 0 0 0

LONG (W) 7 2 0 0 5 6