An RBI double by Walker Landrum followed by a two-run single by Scooby Morris in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted the Pineville Mountain Lions to a 3-2 district win over Lynn Camp on Tuesday.
Reese Capps pitched all seven innings to earn the win. The sophomore gave up two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out nine.
“Reese has been having a little bit of trouble with his arm and hadn’t pitched since last week. Deion Coffman is gone on senior trip so I asked Reese today if he could go and he said ‘Coach, I want the ball.’ That’s what I wanted to hear,” Mountain Lion coach Robbie Landrum said. “Man, he threw lights out. And not only my guy, but Lynn Camp’s guy threw it great, too and went the distance.”
Lynn Camp’s Luke Ledington and Capps both put up zeros through four innings. The Wildcats finally broke through with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth for a 2-0 lead.
Pineville answered right back in their half of the frame. Capps singled and stole second to start the rally. After Cody Goodin walked, Landrum drove an RBI double into the right field gap to bring in Capps. Morris followed with a bloop single to left-center that plated Goodin and Landrum and gave the Lions a 3-2 lead.
“I just proud of them. Everybody contributed and we super plays all over the field,” Coach Landrum added. “Ethan Fields has been hurt and came back out today and played great, put the ball in play and made plays in the outfield.”
Capps pitched around a walk in the sixth and another in the seventh to close out the win.
“It was great to see Scooby come through with that big hit. He had been out, he runs track and plays baseball. At Pineville we’ve got to have everybody,” Landrum said.
Evan Biliter also had two singles for Pineville while Jonathan Simpson, Reed Baker and Landrum also drew walks.
“Walker hit the ball when it counted and Evan hit it hard a couple of times, those are eighth graders,” said Landrum. “These guys aren’t used to winning. They just haven’t learned how to win yet but this was a big step in the right direction.”
The victory snaps a three-game losing streak for the Lions (4-7). Pineville has games with Tennessee schools Hancock County and First Baptist Academy on Thursday and Friday before hosting Williamsburg on Monday and visiting Oneida Baptist on Tuesday.