Prep baseball: Myers carries Hornets to much-needed win
SALISBURY — The Hornets bounced back in the best way possible Thursday against East Davidson. A day after a 5-0 loss to the Golden Eagles, Riley Myers turned in an excellent performance on the mound, and the Hornets capitalized on the Golden Eagles’ miscues in the bottom of the sixth inning to win 3-0.
Myers was the man. He struck out 12, walked one and allowed just four hits in a 114-pitch complete game.
“It was nice to get a win after they beat us (Wednesday),” Myers said. “They beat us pretty soundly. Well, I guess not soundly, but we could have pulled one out yesterday, and we definitely need this game. It was nice to get it.
“Even though it took us a while to get some runs, it was nice to come out on top.”
It was Myers’ first complete game in more than a year. He injured a tendon in his right elbow in 2014, but it did not require Tommy John surgery.
“It was a long time coming, I guess,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to do it again, to be in full swing.”
Head coach Scott Maddox said Myers put the team on his back and carried the Hornets to the victory.
The game was tied at zero through the top of the sixth inning. Ryan Jones drew a leadoff walk and broke that tie when he slid across home on a passed ball. J.T. Austin scored on an error to make it 2-0. Harrison Smith’s double to right field allowed Alex Yang to score for a 3-0 lead.
“We’re feast or famine. We either hit and score 10 or 11 runs or we don’t hit and don’t score anything,” Maddox said. “…Finally at the end, we started doing what we’re supposed to be doing.”
Will Steinman, Myers, Yang, Smith and Alex Link all had one hit. Smith had the lone RBI.
The Hornets (6-3, 1-1 CCC) have won three out of their last six games after starting the season with back-to-back-to-back victories. Maddox said a loss Thursday would have hurt Salisbury’s chances at a CCC title with East Davidson owning the tiebreaker.
The Golden Eagles had a chance to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning. Myers faced a bases-loaded jam with only one out, but he struck out Jake Geren and Kenny Shadrick to end the game.
East Davidson 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
Salisbury 000 003 x — 3 5 1
WP: Myers (1-1). LP: Simpler.