First Posted: 7/3/2009
The Surry Pride Junior American Legion teams pitchers had trouble working their off-speed pitches Friday night. Opponent Eastern Randolph, a fastball-hitting squad, took advantage of the situation to plate 12 runs and shut out the Pride in the first game of a best-of-three playoff series.
They jumped on it, Surry coach Colt Boyd said of Eastern Randolph.
A bad start for Surry led to a worse finish.
We gave them the momentum early with an error and two walks, Boyd said.
The Pride had not played Eastern Randolph this season and Boyd figures with the initial meeting out of the way, his squad will perform better in the second game of the series, which begins at 7 p.m. tonight at Eastern Randolph High School.
I told the guys its nothing to hang your heads about because we didnt play our baseball tonight, Boyd said. Its two out of three, so we come back (tonight) and get the momentum on our side early by scoring a few runs and well jump into it and have ourselves a series.
Eastern Randolph belted 14 hits, against two for Surry. The Pride also struck out 12 times.
Tonight we saw a left-hander, Boyd said. We saw plenty of left-handers this year and this one was by far the better one. He threw strikes constantly. He was around the plate all night and he threw a little harder than most of (the other left-handers) this year with a little slower curveball. He had our guys off-balance.
However, Boyd did see a chink in the armor of Eastern Randolph.
When we did put the ball in play, they made three errors, Boyd said. (Tonight) weve got to put it in play somehow. If we have to bunt, well bunt. Well do whatever we have to do to put the ball on the field and make them make plays.
Its hard to tell how good of a defensive team they are.