Southampton boys easily beat Sussex

Published 9:51 am Wednesday, April 13, 2011

COURTLAND—Hayden Spalding went 3-for-4, including a triple and two RBIs, to lead Southampton High School to a 14-3 win over Sussex on Monday in Courtland.

Winning pitcher Josh Riddick gave up four hits, while the Indians had 10 hits.

Other standouts for Southampton were Jake Pope, 2-for-3 with two stolen bases; Brian Marks, 1-for-3 with two RBIs; Tonee Hill, 2-for-2 with a double; and Mason Wright, 1-for-2 with a double.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of third when the Indians scored five runs on four hits, two walks and two errors.

Southampton gave up two runs in the top of the fourth on two hits and an error.

The Indians took control of the game in the bottom of the fourth when they scored nine runs on five hits, including a double and a triple, while taking advantage of three Sussex errors.

The Tigers pushed one run across in the top of the fifth when they took advantage of two errors by the Indians. They added one hit in the inning.

In other action, Windsor defeated Southampton 6-5 in a non-district baseball game in Courtland on Friday. The loss was Southampton’s third of the week.

Winning pitcher Gavin Horton gave up six hits. Losing pitcher Hill gave up nine hits.

Windsor scored four runs off four hits and two walks in the third inning.

The Indians tied the game after scoring two in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

Austin Winkles came up big in the sixth for the Dukes as he drove in a run with a triple and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Ernie Jump.

The Indians’ rally in the bottom of the seventh came up short as they grounded out to end the game with a runner on first.

In action from Thursday, Southampton fell 5-2 on the road to Park View in a heated Southside District contest.

The winning pitcher was C. Pennell. Indian Zach Vann was tagged with the loss. Both are 1-1.

Park View had 10 hits and no errors to Southampton’s five hits and one error.

The Dragons struck early as the leadoff batter hit a ground-rule double and scored on a single to right field. Later that inning, a Park View double drove in the second run to give the Dragons a two-run lead.

Park View scored another run in the second inning on a single and double.

The Dragons scored in the fourth after the first two batters drew walks and came home.

The Indians scored one run in the third off a Billy Nixon double to right field. They also scored in the top of the seventh as Pope hit a solo home run.