Hawks score 30 to top Tigers
by Donell Maxie
Apr 03, 2013 | 1349 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shaw's Austin Smith (20) beats the throw to home after a ball gets away from the catcher during Region 3-1A baseball action Tuesday against Ray Brooks in Benoit.
Shaw's Austin Smith (20) beats the throw to home after a ball gets away from the catcher during Region 3-1A baseball action Tuesday against Ray Brooks in Benoit.
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BENOIT— The Shaw Hawks and the Ray Brooks Tigers went to the baseball field for a Region 3-1A game here Tuesday.

The Hawks had a rough weekend losing to Humphreys County on Saturday, but the bats were working on this road trip as the Hawks and the Tigers put up essentially what was a football score in a 30-17 Shaw win.

The win for the Hawks improved them to 7-4 on the year with a 2-0 mark in the region.

Keveon Shepherd picked up the win on the hill for the Hawks.

"We played a good game. We had some errors here in there in the outfield and we walked quite a few batters, but we swung the bats well and drove in runs so that was a positive," said Shaw head coach Ricky Lunford, Jr.

"Right now, we are trying to get back in the groove. We had two weeks off and that really hurt us. We had rain and teams cancel games so we just have to get back to playing good baseball," Lunford added.

The Hawks jumped out on the Tigers 3-0 to start the game. Ray Brooks rebounded and scored a run to make it 3-1 heading into the top of the second inning.

In the second, the Hawks really came alive when the first three batters all reached base on walks.

Lerandal Allen, who was the lead off batter, had a courtesy runner come in for him and that runner stole second and third and then scored on a passed ball for a 4-1 lead. Shepherd added to the Hawks’ cushion as he socked a hard single to right field to score a run for a 5-1 advantage. Xavius Loggins stroked a triple that scored two runs, and Damon Redding drilled a single that plated Loggins for an 8-1 contest.

While on base, Redding stole second and third and was able to score when Demerrius Williams grounded out to second to make the score 9-1.

Shaw's Austin Smith reached base on a walk and then stole second and third before scoring off a wild pitch for a 10-1 Shaw lead.

Ray Brooks added a run in the bottom of the second with the bases loaded off a RBI single for a 10-2 game.

Shaw battled back and put up five runs in the top of the third for a 15-2 game, but Ray Brooks responded by scoring five runs off one hit in the bottom of the frame for a 15-7 contest.

The Hawks continued to roll as they maintained control of the ball game.

Shaw is scheduled to play West Bolivar at 4 p.m. today if weather permits.