Young, Trojans shine in Sunshine statePublished 12:27pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013
By Ed Bailey
The CACC Trojans strung together a scintillating weekend of wins behind some historic performances by left-fielder Paul Young.
CACC was perfect in its weekend road trip, tagging Lurleen B. Wallace Community College to the tune of 13-3 and outlasting Northwest Florida State College 12-11 in 13 innings, during which Paul Young became the first CACC Trojan to hit for the cycle.
The Trojans capped off the weekend by gutting out a 9-8 victory over Shelton State in a 17-inning marathon, which was the longest game ever played in CACC history on record.
With the victories, the Trojans are now 9-7 on the year. The weekend success also extends their winning streak to six games.
Designated hitter Alex Lee and Young led the Trojans offense’s chasing of L.B. Wallace’s Alex Stevens after just over an inning of work.
Young was 4-for-4 against L.B. Wallace, leaving the yard once and driving in four runs.
Lee also hit a round-tripper, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs as well.
2B Ben Hall, SS B.J. Martin, and right-fielder Bo Edwards also collected RBIs.
Center-fielder Darius Reese and 1B Zach Rinehart each scored three runs.
John Michael Knighton got the decision for the Trojans, allowing no runs and fanning five in his four innings of work.
Young and Lee combined for six RBIs against Northwest Florida State.
Reese collected two doubles and scored three runs. Martin knocked in three Trojans.
As a team, the Trojans got 22 hits against Northwest Florida State.
“We had 10 or more hits in both games,” CACC head baseball coach Wynn Fletcher said. “We hadn’t reached that level of hitting until that point of the season. I think that some of the guys just got comfortable at the plate.”
While the offense began to fire on all cylinders, Fletcher is concerned about the pitching staff.
CACC’s Ethan Hunt was roughed up by Northwest Florida State as he allowed eight runs in two and two-thirds innings of work.
Gabe Dees was able to settle things, as he sat down eight batters and only allowed two hits over six innings.
“We’ve got some good, young arms,” Fletcher said. “But they’re inconsistent with their control. Some of them have made huge jumps with their control, though.”
Young was once again the catalyst for CACC in the final game against Shelton State. After Brian Smith got on base with a lead-off single, CACC used sacrifice bunts to move runners in scoring position.
Young then delivered the game-winning two-run double in the 17th inning to put the Trojans on top for good.
“He had the best weekend of his life,” Fletcher said.
Next for the Trojans will be a trip to Southern Union this Friday.