Generals outlast Vincent, go on to second roundPublished 10:19am Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Down to their final out of the season, the Horseshoe Bend Generals were able to pull off a comeback and carry that momentum to a first-round playoff series win over the Vincent Yellowjackets.
The Generals were shut out in game one to the tune of 6-0.
“Major (Abernathy) pitched pretty well for us in game one,” Generals baseball coach Jason Johnson said. “The problem was that there was bad defense behind him, as is usually the case when we lose. We must have made at least five or six errors in that game.”
Horseshoe Bend seemed to be on their way to being swept out of the playoffs, but Horseshoe Bend scored three runs to win game two 4-2 and stave off elimination as Timothy Dean went the distance for HBHS.
In game three, the Generals’ bats woke up. Horseshoe Bend powered its way to a 10-2 lead but had to hold off a late Vincent rally to win 10-7 and clinch a berth in the second round of the playoffs.
“We finally hit the ball well from the top of the lineup to the bottom,” Johnson said.
The Generals (12-19) will try to continue on in the playoffs against their area foe Randolph County Tigers.
Horseshoe Bend has struggled against the Tigers this season, as it has gone 1-3 against their second-round foe. Two of those losses have been by one run.
“The thing that has hurt us against Randolph County is our defense,” Johnson said. “Outside of the one time where they beat us pretty badly, we’ve been in every game. But we’ve made several errors. We have to make the routine plays and avoid giving them extra chances.”
In the two teams’ most recent matchup, the Generals were able to split a two-game home series against the Tigers.
HBHS won the first game of that series 11-8, but the Generals lost game two 8-7.
“We’ve been doing a good job of getting runs with two outs as of late,” Johnson said. “We have to continue to do that and hit the ball well. If we do, I think we’ll be OK.”
Game one of the Generals/Tigers series is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Friday. Game two will follow with a scheduled start time of 4 p.m.
If a third game is needed, it is planned to take place on Saturday at 1 p.m.