I made the trip down to Southern Guilford for the Southeast Guilford Falcon-Storm exchange on Thursday night and to tell you the truth, I ‘aint never seen nothing like this. “I ‘aint never seen nothing like this”, I believe that’s the title of an old gospel song and this was no Holy Ghost Revival, in fact there was no reviving Southern on Thursday night.
SEG topped Southern 27-0 and I was over by the Southern dugout and I asked the guy keeping the book for the score and he said it was 23-0 SEG on 18 hits and that’s right before SEG(15-2) hit their second Grand Slam of the contest. It was really no contest and that is not meant as a slap toward SG(6-12), SEG is just that good and when the Falcon bats are on, they are on.
With those totals of 27 runs on 19 hits came a Grand Slam by Cam, Cam Cockman, a Grand Slam by Aaron Bowman, a three-run HR by Austin Moyer and a two-run HR shot by Eric Seders. Some of those numbers may have been getting out of order but after a while, and I was standing over by third base and counting the Falcons as they came running by Coach Lynn Coble and exchanged fist contact(the ‘ole fist to fist, good-job exchange) and it was all starting to become a blur after a while. It had to be like a blur for the Southern outfielders and those balls kept flying out of the park, and Southern has one of the nicest layouts you’ll find anywhere with the field nestled down there in the Sumner pines. Former Sumner/Southern coach C.K. Siler is at all of the games and his grandson Daryl is one of the SG assistant baseball coaches. Southern has some work to do and SEG when they weren’t hitting the ball over the fence, the were hittting the top of the fence. The Falcons hit the ball hard, all night long.
What else can you say? The freshman Josh Tobias was steady on the mound for SEG and SG had trouble getting balls out of the infield against him. There were a boat load of balls hit right back to pitcher(Tobias) by Southern. Southern used somewhere in the neighborhood of five pitchers and the word was they were saving their ace, Jake Ozment, for a conference game at WS Atkins this afternoon. Again for SEG, Cockman had 6RBI’s, Aaron Bowman(who is usually a backup) had 5RBI’s, Austin Moyer had 4RBI’s, and Eric Seders had 2RBI’s. Leadoff man Justin Venable hit the ball hard every time up and he probably scored 4 runs, but it looks like his hamstring is bothering him a little bit. He was rubbing his leg several times after he got on base.
The SEG JV’s won out over Southern down at SEG and the final was 13-0. Dylan Shutt started what might be his first game this season on the mound and he had 4K’s, 1BB, and he only allowed one hit. Tiger Miller made his first start of the year at shortstop(he’s usually at second) and he hit the ball with authority just like he has all year long. The Reidsville JV’s topped Northern Guilford 10-9 in a tight ball game that had the score set at 9-9 in the NG scorebook but the umpire said go with the 10-9 final and let’s get out of here.
Also on Thursday, Dudley topped Morehead 5-1 to grab another Triad 3-A conference win and I spoke to the Gibereau family after the game and they said Dudley played Morehead last night because Morehead’s prom is scheduled for this evening. Dudley was originally scheduled to play WS Carver, but bring on the conference game and Morehead. It was Senior Night at Dudley last night and you may have seen in today’s N&R story by Tom Keller that Frankie Johnson and Ruben Torelleas are headed to NC A&T along with Caleb Shelton from Western Guilford. We had that news about Shelton up here a couple of weeks ago. Dudley will play Smith on Saturday afternoon at NewBridge Bank Park. The Gibereau family said that Dudley is now (12-4) for the year.
No other scores from Thursday although there were other games and if you have a score send it our way. Nothing in yet on that Ragsdale game from earlier this week but we did receive word that Mount Tabor defeated Northwest Guilford 16-8 on Wednesday.
I was standing beside some of the SG Storm fans last night and they were talking about former Southern and East Carolina catcher Jake Smith. He is with the Kane County Cougars, the Class A affiliates of the Oakland A’s based out of Geneva, Illinois. Smith was one of the top catchers in the country as a senior in college and he is the DH right now for Kane County as he rehabs from an injury and they hope to have him catching again soon. He must be coming along prertty good on his hitting, here’s the report on his game last night:
LANSING, Mich. – Jake Smith had three hits and three RBIs Thursday night to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 6-3 win over the Lansing Lugnuts in front of 7,613 at Oldsmobile Park. The victory, which started a six-game road trip, was the Cougars’ third in a row and 13th in 14 games this season.
While I was stading over by that fence near the SG third base dugout I also overheard that Charlie Gamble another former SG star who later was one of the best-ever players at NC A&T, well Gamble is at extended spring training with the Houston Astros. Also while I was standing by that fence, a ball came flying through from the SG outfield as they were completing their between inning throws and it just missed me and another fan and the ball went smashing into the dugout. The throwing partner for the left fielder was talking to someone along the fence and was not paying attention and that is what caused the loose ball to nearly hit us. True story……
Games slated for today and the weather from a couple of weeks back may have changed some of these plans but here’s what we have:
Reagan at SWG(Senior Night) 7pm
Northern Gulford at Western Guilford 7pm(Johnny Smith goes back to the school where he was coaching back in 1976.)
NWG(11-6/4-2) at High Point Central 7pm
Southern Guilford(6-12) at WS Atkins
NEG at Western Alamance 7pm
Asheboro at Ragsdale 7pm
Reidsville at Eastern Guilford 7pm
East Forsyth(14-3/6-0) at Smith 5pm