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Central wins opening game in state tournament

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Central scores 9-1 against Dillon

By Jerry Haigler

Central’s pre-majors won their opening game of the South Carolina State Tournament in Lancaster this past Saturday by defeating Dillon 9-1.
Central, which was the designated the home team, fell behind 1-0 to Dillon in the top of the second inning. The score remained 1-0 until the home half of the sixth inning when Central erupted for their nine runs.
Sam Caldwell led off the inning with a single. Nathan Evans drew a one-out walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Adam Cohick walked to load the bases. The next batter, Tyler Moore, also walked forcing in Caldwell to tie the game 1-1. Cody Hall then hit a double to plate Evans, Cohick, and Moore to give Central a 4-1 advantage. Hall stole third and came home on a Dillon error. Trey Sowell, Robbie Burch, and Caldwell walked to load the bases again. The next batter, Drake Plyler ripped a triple to left center to clear the bases. Evans also had a RBI double in the inning.
Pitcher Sam Caldwell came in relief for Sowell and hurled the last 1-1/3 innings and was the winning pitcher, retiring all four batters he faced.
Hitting safely for Central were Plyler with three hits, three RBI’s and one run; Hall with one hit, one run, two RBI’s; Sowell with one hit and one run; Evans with one hit, one RBI and one run and Caldwell with one hit, one RBI and two runs.
Plyler, who was named player of the game, commented on his team’s win.
“We couldn’t get much going the first five innings, but we stuck close and broke it open in the sixth inning and we never gave up. Each player did their job,” he said. “Also, Trey and Sam had a good game on the mound.”
Trey Sowell said the team pulled together for the win.
“It was a total team effort,” he said. “I didn’t have my best stuff on the mound today, but we stayed close and came through to get a win.”
Coach Terry Sowell spoke on his team.
“We played a full seven innings and it took us that long to get it done. Things didn’t go our way early, but the end results are what counts,” he said.
Results of Sunday’s game were received too late and will be in next week’s paper.