Top ’Cats slash opposing Knights 6-4Published 11:08am Thursday, March 21, 2013
Edgewood Academy extended its winning streak to 13 games with another win over Macon-East Thursday afternoon in the first game of the 19th Edgewood Invitational. Edgewood, ranked No. 1 in the AISA, edged the Knights, 6-4
“It was exciting, and it’s always a good game whenver Edgewood plays Macon-East,” said Gage Pregno, who pitched one inning in Thursday’s win to close out the game.
Pregno (1-for-2 with a double and an RBI) shut the door on his former squad using only 11 pitches – nine strikes and two balls – against three batters.
“It felt good go to go out there like that,” said Pregno. “My stuff was working.”
Instead of relying on the big inning, as in games past, Edgewood spread the offense over the second, third and fourth frames of the wood-bat tournament’s opening game. Rod Boykin (2-for-2) scored a run and drove one home. Taylor Hawthorne (2-for-3) tripled and drove a run home and then touched home, himself.
“You can get away with more using an aluminum bat,” Hawthorne said. “With a wood bat, you’ve got to be solid and drive the ball. I think you kind of have to change your approach. You play a lot more smallball.”
Dylan Ingram, who also got the win, (1-for-3) doubled and plated a run. Bailey Hansen and Hunter Glenn were both 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the win. The Wildcats returned to Skinner Field Friday to face Monroe Academy.
Elmination games will start Saturday morning at eight. The championship game scheduled for Saturday night at 8.
Edgewood 23, Chambers 5
Edgewood Academy improved to 2-0 in region play after blowing the doors off the Rebels campground at Chambers Academy.
The Wildcats lit up their opponents pitching staff for 23 runs on 21 hits in the win. Boykin, Hawthorne and W.B. Hill doubled and had the only extra-base hits of the day as the Wildcats’ offense accounted for 23 RBIs and took a 15-run lead in the first inning. Nine EA batters also reached after being plunked by Chambers pitchers.
B.J. Johnson earned the win in the three-inning affair.