After losing 9-0 to Nashville at Taylor Field Saturday morning, Seabrook Wing Stop head coach Johnny Skillen told his team, “The last two (games) are on me.”
“’It is my fault not having you ready to go,’” Skillen said recalling his speech. “’So now it is on you. If anybody takes a called third strike, you owe me two laps and if you do it twice, you owe me 10.
“’They woke up this last ballgame.’”
Wing Stop (2-2) answered their coach’s wake-up call with a 10-3 win over Arkansas Pulpwood (16’s) of Camden in four innings on Saturday at Eddie Bryan Field at the Seabrook Family Christian Center.
After managing just two hits total in its first two games of the Jim Hill Wood Bat Invitational, Wing Stop tallied five hits and struck out just twice in the win over Pulpwood.
“I never would have believed in 100 years, that I would have just two hits in two ballgames,” Skillen said. “Not the kids I have on this team.
“I guess it is just part of baseball.”
Wing Stop received a little help from Pulpwood in the first inning thanks to three errors that led to four runs.
“They put the ball in play and ran the bases pretty well,” Skillen said.
Henri Murphy led off the top of the first with a walk and moved to second on a poor pick-off attempt by the pitcher. An error at first base allowed Paul Dewalt to reach and an error at second base plated Murphy and allowed Tadd Daggett to reach first.
A two-run single by Jeffrey Jones gave Wing Stop a 3-0 lead with no outs.
“A whole lot better effort this afternoon than there was this morning,” Skillen said. “They looked like they were finally ready to play ball.”
Jones later scored on an RBI groundout by Floyd Allen. It gave Wing Stop a 4-0 lead after one inning.
Pulpwood answered with a three-run bottom half thanks in large part to a two-run double by Jordan Manes. It trimmed the lead to 4-3, but it would be the only runs Pulpwood would score for the rest of the game.
“I think they woke up this ballgame right here,” Skillen said. “I sure hope they have.”
Wing Stop, who was eliminated from the tournament after the loss to Nashville, will travel to Camden for a three-day tournament beginning on Friday. Skillen said 15 teams are expected to show up next weekend.
Wing Stop added three more runs in the top of the second, thanks in large part to a two-run triple by Daggett, and would plate four more in the top of the fourth.
Daggett finished the game 2 for 3 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Jones — who finished 1 for 1 with two runs and two RBIs — was credited with the win. He pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on one hit with four walks and seven strikeouts.
Jake Beaver was tagged with the loss for Pulpwood. He pitched three innings and allowed eight runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Manes led Pulpwood with a double and two RBIs.
Seabrook Relyance 8, SW Arkansas 1
At Taylor Field, Seabrook Relyance defeated Southwest Arkansas (15-16’s) 8-1 on Saturday for its first win of the Jim Hill Wood Bat Tournament.
Aaron Frazier earned the win after throwing five innings and allowing just one run on one hit with eight strikeouts and one walk. Frazier was also 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Gage Roberts was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and Joe Moore was 2 for 2.
Relyance will face Camden (15’s) Sunday at 10 a.m. at Taylor Field.
Nashville 9, Wing Stop 0
Nashville’s Alex Curry pitched a complete game and allowed just one hit as Nashville defeated Seabrook Wing Stop at Taylor Field to eliminate Wing Stop from the Jim Hill Wood Bat Invitational.
Curry also struck out 10 and did not allow a walk.
Jeffrey Jones had the lone hit for Wing Stop.
Camden (17-19’s) 8, Pine Bluff Tigers 1 (5 inn.)
Camden scored one run in the first, three in the second, four in the fourth and one in the fifth to defeat the Pine Bluff Tigers 8-1 at Eddie Bryan Field in the Jim Hill Wood Bat Tournament.
Camden’s Zach Fletch earned the win after five innings pitched and two hits allowed. Fletch also struck out eight and walked two.
The Tigers scored their lone run in the fifth inning.