SHS baseball team finishes second in district

Published 9:42 am Thursday, May 19, 2011

COURTLAND—Southampton High School senior Billy Nixon earned his seventh win of the season to lead the Indians to a second-place finish in the Southside District with a 3-2 win over Prince Edward on Wednesday.

Nixon struck out 13.

The Indians finished the regular season 15-4 and 11-3 in the district. Southampton should face Park View at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at home for the opening of the Southside District Tournament.

Batting leaders against Prince Edward were Nixon and Marks, both 2-for-3 with a double and RBI; Spalding, 1-for-3 with a double and RBI; and Josh Riddick, 2-for-3.

The Eagles took the lead 1-0 in the top of the second after two Indian errors.

Southampton scored one in the bottom of the fourth as senior Brian Marks drove in Nixon.

The Indians scored two more in the bottom of the fifth as Hayden Spalding and Nixon hit back-to-back doubles. Prince Edward scored one in the top of the sixth as a pickoff play to third went awry.

The Indians out-hit Prince Edward seven to two, while committing three errors to the Eagles’ one.

In action Tuesday, Riddick picked up his third win of the season as Southampton defeated district opponent Greensville 8-3.

Riddick shut down the Eagles’ bats, earning seven strikeouts and giving up two hits.

Jake Pope went 3-for-3, including a double and an RBI; Spalding was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI; and Billy Nixon went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

The Eagles scored one in the second inning on an outfield miscue and a double to right center.

Greensville scored two in the third off a single, an infield error, two ground ball outs and a bases-loaded walk.

The Indians got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when Mason Wright led off with a walk and Riddick drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

The Indians took advantage of numerous errors to gather seven runs on five hits in the bottom of the fourth.

The Indians out-hit Greensville nine to four and committed two errors to the Eagles’ six.