2015-06-17 / Sports

Rangers fall to Old Timers, Cannons win twice in Optimst League play

By Kelly Snow
Courier-Times Sports Editor

The top of the standings in the Optimist League tightened up after the first weekend of the second half of the season.

The Roxboro Rangers came into the weekend as the only undefeated team, but fell to winless Halifax County Saturday.

Caldwell won both of its games to improve to 6-1 and is tied with Roxboro (4-1) in the loss column. The teams will meet in Friday’s first game, slated for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.

Caldwell Cannons 3, Rock City Red Sox 0

Cameron Wilborn tossed a three-hit shutout to lead Caldwell past the Rock City Red Sox 3-0 in Saturday’s first game.

Wilborn relied on his defense, walking just two and striking out two.

The Cannons gave Wilborn all the run support he would need with runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings.

Mark Buchanan paced the Cannons at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Tyler Steven and Seth Austin each doubled and scored a run.

Adam Walker and Tyler Upchurch each chipped in RBI singles, while Zak Hamlett and Colin Brown each added hits.

Keon Holt, Justin Crabtree and Bubba Stone each had hits for Rock City.

Levi Pruitt started and got the loss after giving up four hits in three innings.

Halifax County Old Timers 10, Roxboro Rangers 3

Halifax County exploded for eight runs in the third inning and rolled to a 10-3 victory against reigning Optimist League champion Roxboro Saturday.

The Old Timers took a 2-1 lead after two innings before pounding Rangers pitcher Jeremy Peed in the third. Peed only recorded one out in the inning but was credited with all eight runs. Will Harris had a huge game for the Old Timers, going 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs. Austin Cole had hits in all four at bats, including a pair of doubles with two runs scored. Kirk Slaughter was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Brad Meyers and Jay Berry finished with two hits each.

Henry Stewart, Richard Dickens, Tom Harris and Billy Wilson each added hits. For the game, the Old Timers pounded out 18 hits in their first win of the season.

Dickens tossed a complete game eight hitter for the victory. He surrendered three runs, while striking out two. Kyle Wrenn and Dustin Reaves had two hits each for the Rangers.

Roxboro Rangers 2, Cob Creek 1

Dustin Reaves came through with a run-scoring basehit in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Roxboro Rangers past Cobb Creek 2-1 Sunday

Ryan Daniel got the complete-game win for the Rangers after scattering seven hits, allowing just one run.

The former Bartlett Yancey pitcher struck out eight and walked just one. Daniel gave up a run in the first inning on an RBI single by J.D. Coates but held Cobb Creek scoreless for the final six innings.

Jeremy Peed was 2-for-4 for the Rangers with a double, while Tyler Cothran had two hits including a solo homer that tied the game in the fourth inning.

Daniel and Craig Reid chipped in hits for Roxboro.

Coates led Cobb Creek with three of the team’s seven hits. Joel Newton, Daniel Workman, Austin Cole and Gwynn Thompson added hits.

Caldwell Cannons 5, Halifax County Old Timers 3

Caldwell broke open a tie game in the fifth inning and held on for a 5-4 win against Halifax County in Sunday’s last game.

The Old Timers trailed 3-0 heading into the fifth, but tied the game with one swing from Matt Hunt. Halifax’s first-baseman finished 3-for-4 with a double, and three-run homer.

Caldwell answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning and pitcher Logan Horton held the Old Timers scoreless in the sixth and seventh for the win. Halifax County outhit Caldwell 13-12 with Henry Stewart joining Hunt with three hits.

Brad Meyers was 2-for- 4 with a run scored, while Jerry Dallas, Tom Harris, Chris Hill, Matt Ward and Austin Cole added hits.

Colin Brown led the Cannons at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double, homer and three RBIs.

Zak Hamlett finished 3-for-4, while Adam Walker, Blaine Newton, and Tyler Upchurch had two hits each. Tyler Stevens doubled and drove in two runs.

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