Cobb liner helps Indians in win

Published 10:03 am Thursday, March 22, 2012

COURTLAND—Southampton High School scored two runs in the fifth inning off Tony Cobb’s two-out, line drive to left with the bases loaded to break a tie and help defeat Windsor 8-5 on Monday.

Southampton High Scchool’s Tony Cobb connects with the ball. Cobb’s bases-loaded line drive to left field resulted in two runs, breaking a 5-5 tie in the fifth inning against Windsor. -- DON BRIDGERS TIDEWATER NEWS

At the top of the first inning, the visiting Dukes scored three runs from four hits off Southampton starter Josh Riddick. Riddick over the next three innings did not allow an earned run.

The Indians were held scoreless in the first.

In the bottom of the second, Southampton tallied five runs off a single and three doubles.

The Dukes scored a run in the third and fourth innings to knot the score at five.

The Indians added one run in the sixth when Hayden Spalding scored on a passed ball after blasting a triple to left-center.

Indians relief pitcher Dillon Hasty picked up the win while shutting down the Dukes in the final three innings.

Spalding went two-for-three with a double and triple and two RBIs. Teammate Tanner Winters went two-for-four with two doubles and an RBI.

The Indians made three errors to the Dukes’ two.

Southampton is 2-0 and will host Franklin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27.

“I can say that we improved our game from the first contest, and our immediate goal is to continue to improve our fundamentals and approach over the next several weeks before we enter district competition,” said Windsor Coach Timothy Paschal.

Windsor has eight new players this year.

“So we’re a young team in terms of playing together,” Paschal said. “The players are working hard to learn and prepare themselves.

Windsor will host Essex at 4 p.m. today, March 21.