6 runs behind - no problem
PHOTO: A tough situation winner -- Jeremy Simmons (9) held the Laurens Raiders on two hits after the visitors scored six first inning runs Monday against Clinton in varsity baseball action at The Sponge. The Red Devils broke back with two runs, but trailed by four going into the fifth inning. Clinton (15-0) scored four runs each in the fifth and sixth innings to steal the 10-6 non-region win. Simmons, a senior, was the winning pitcher in relief.- Photo by Vic MacDonald/MyClintonNews.com
Red Devils come back from 6 runs down in 1st
to defeat Laurens for second time this season
Behind the relief pitching of senior Jeremy Simmons and four runs batted in by Tristan Smaltz, Clinton ralled from a six-run, first inning deficit to defeat Laurens, 10-6, in Monday varsity baseball action.
It was the Red Devils second win of the season over the Raiders (earlier win was 2-1). It was the first game of a four-contest home stand for the Red Devils, 15-0 overall, 7-0 in region.
Weather permitting, Clinton hosts Chester tonight at The Sponge for a chance to go to 8-0 in region play.
The Red Devils also are set to play at home Thursday (Abbeville, non-region) and April 19 (Union County, region) - the final two regular season games are on the road.
Monday night, Simmons came in relief of Taylor Bailey, who pitched 1/3 of an inning and surrendered six runs, on three hits and three walks, to the hot-hitting, hard-running Raiders. Simmons coaxed the final two outs of the first inning, and Laurens got just two more hits the rest of the game.
Clinton scratched out two runs in the second inning, then added four in the fifth and four in the sixth to take the win. The Red Devils won the Laurens County baseball championship with the two-game sweep of Laurens, 13-6 overall.
Clinton was led at the plate by three hits apiece from Brayden Gibbs, Charlie Craven (two runs scored) and Smaltz (one double), and on the bases by JP Duncan (three runs scored) and Aaron Copeland (two runs scored).