06/11/10 — WC South tops CBA

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WC South tops CBA

By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on June 11, 2010 1:46 PM

PIKEVILLE -- With every out Wayne County South hurler Will Raynor recorded, his confidence became more and more contagious.

Raynor tossed a complete game and Wayne South scored eight unanswered runs in a 9-3, Junior American Legion win at Charles B. Aycock on Thursday night.

After giving up three runs in the second inning, Raynor retired the final 13 batters he faced. The rising sophomore at Southern Wayne surrendered three runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

"Will was awesome," said Wayne South head coach Trae McKee. "He threw the ball well and had command of a couple of different pitches. Will was really, really good."

Trailing 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Wayne South tied the game on a run-scoring balk and Jacob Sasser's RBI single. Tyler Gainey's RBI double in the top of the fifth gave Wayne South the lead for good at 4-3.

Sasser's solo homer to center field and Taylor Raynor's RBI double extended the margin to 6-3 in the top of the sixth. Sasser's sacrifice fly and Colton Chrisman's two-run single in the top of the seventh inning capped Wayne South's scoring.

Taylor Raynor led Wayne South with three hits. Sasser (three RBI) and Ashton Cox both had two hits.

"I thought we had some big two-out hits with runners on base," said McKee. "That's timely hitting. We extended some innings. It seemed like we played the game with confidence as the game went on, so that's good to see."

The Golden Falcons didn't reach base after the third inning and recorded just three fly-ball outs over the last four innings.

"Raynor got in a groove there, kept us off-balance and threw strikes," said Aycock head coach Nelson Cunningham. "He relied on his defense. We got up there and never made any adjustments. We're going to have to find out that there's another day, and we're going to have to come out and work a little harder."

Wayne South took a 1-0 lead on Jeremy Taylor's RBI groundout in the top of the second.

The Golden Falcons took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third on Cameron Taylor's two-run single and Collin DuBose scored on a failed pickoff attempt.

Wayne South (8-1 overall) visits Benson on Saturday, while Aycock (4-1) entertains Rocky Mount on Tuesday.