03/17/10 — Hoggard offense explodes final two innings

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Hoggard offense explodes final two innings

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on March 17, 2010 1:47 PM

DUDLEY -- Wilmington Hoggard scored seven runs in the final two innings, and handed Southern Wayne a 10-2 loss Tuesday evening at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex.

The Vikings made the most of their 10 hits and never missed an opportunity to capitalize with runners in scoring position.

Billy Vaughn ripped a single with two men out in the top of the third inning and was followed by a base hit from Mitch Callahan. Scott Coleman's fly ball was subsequently dropped in the Saints' outfield and both base runners scored to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Vaughn crushed a fifth-inning, solo home run that added a little insurance for the Vikings.

"It looked to me like we were not aggressive enough at the plate," said Southern Wayne head coach Trey McKee. "We got behind and it was almost like we were hitting with two strikes all night."

The Saints' lone offensive highlight came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Ashton Cox reached on an error and Jamison Dove drew a walk. Cody Davis ripped a two-run single and pulled the Saints within one run.

Hoggard wasted no time during its next at-bat.

Scott Coleman singled, Jeff Bouton was awarded an intentional walk and Scott Johnson belted a three-run homer that cleared the fence in left-center field in the sixth inning.

"I thought Will Broadwell pitched pretty well, but he left two balls up and they hurt him," said McKee. "Most of the night he pitched ahead in the count and he really competed. He just made two mistakes."

Broadwell tossed six innings, allowed six runs (four earned) and struck out two.

Kevin Wise, Taylor Brock and Davis tallied one hit apiece for the Saints.

The two teams will meet again today in Wilmington.