Springwood wins second game in a row after defeating Lyman Ward

Published 10:06 pm Tuesday, March 5, 2019

LANETT — On Tuesday afternoon, the Springwood baseball team defeated Lyman Ward 7-4 for the team’s second consecutive victory.

“These two wins for us in back-to-back days are big as far as building momentum moving into area play next week,” Springwood head baseball coach David Strickland said. “We have a tough area, we really do with Glenwood and Lee Scott, who have both established an identity of being really good baseball programs, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We want to create that identity of Springwood being a very good baseball program.”

At the plate, junior Sam Bradfield went 1-for-2. Bradfield scored the first run of the day for the Wildcats in the bottom of the second inning from wild pitches. He stole a total of four bases in the contest.

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Senior Dylan Anderson also went 1-for-2 at the plate.

With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, Lyman Ward’s third baseman fumbled a routine ground ball coming his way, which allowed Springwood sophomore Trevin Williams to score. After a wild pitch, two more Wildcats scored, giving Springwood a 4-0 lead heading into the top of the fourth inning.

“We didn’t hit the baseball great tonight, and I think it had a lot to do with the weather,” Strickland said. “However, the starting pitcher at Lyman Ward, you have to tip your hat off to him. He was a competitor. He threw the ball hard. He was pretty good offspeed to counter his fastball. With us not hitting the ball well, we had to find another way to score runs. For us tonight, in that inning and later on in the game, we had to be aggressive on the base paths. We had to try to try to put hit-and-runs on and steal bases. If it weren’t for us being aggressive on the base paths then that outcome could’ve been different.”

On the mound, Anderson pitched four and a third innings, giving up one hit and striking out nine batters. Anderson told Strickland that he could never get his arm to warm up in the weather. Junior Cameron Hopkin came in to relieve Anderson, while junior Jordan Plank closed the game for Springwood.

“That’s good for him because he hasn’t thrown a lot this year,” Strickland said of Plank. “He came in against Calvary Christian in a tough situation with the bases loaded a couple of weeks ago, and then he comes in tonight with a chance to get a save and he did a really good job.”

Springwood has a week before its next game on March 12 at Glenwood in Phenix-City.