The varsity Dark Horses lost a nail-biter to Swansboro Friday night, but not before putting up a good fight.
The Pirates gave the Clinton infield a work-out in the first inning, but was put down with no runs scored. That didn’t last long. Swansboro soon had 5 runners cross the plate. Clinton’s outfield would then step it up, catching multiple fly balls and throwing runners out at second base. Despite the great defense, the Pirates managed to put 3 more on the scoreboard.
Clinton’s bats weren’t silent either. With Swansboro in the lead, the Horses did everything they could to stay close behind and by the 7th inning, the Dark Horses were only 1 run short of a tie ballgame. Despite two more innings of good baseball, they just couldn’t get that runner home.
The final score was 7-8 and this drops the Dark Horse record to 1-5.
Despite the loss, Clinton head coach Tracy Thornton couldn’t have been more happy with the way his team played.
“This was the best game they have played all season. We fought hard against Swansboro, but we just couldn’t hold onto it. We didn’t give in,” he stressed.
Alex Purcell was the starting pitcher for the Dark Horses and put in 7 innings, allowing 7 runs. Wil Pearson finished the game out and allowed 1 run.
At bat, Purcell went 2-3 with 1 walk and 2 RBI’s; Wyman Faison was 2-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI’s.
Clinton will host Topsail on Wednesday and game time is 7 p.m.