Pike Lib splits pair with Glenwood

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 24, 2002

Sports Editor

After administering an 11-2 beating to Pike Liberal Arts School in the first game of a doubleheader at Patriots Field on Friday, Glenwood Academy may have went into the second contest just a tad bit overconfident.

Whether the Gators were or not, the Patriots pounded out seven hits in the first inning and an equal number of runs, winning the ball game in five innings, 21-5.

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The split moves Pike Lib to 1-1 in area play and 8-4 overall.

Luke Sanders led things off in the first with a triple and was driven in quickly by a Scott Kirby single. Brandon Hooks, Layton Sanders, Wes Johnson and Bill Hughes would all follow with consecutive hits for PLAS.

The Patriots added four runs in the second inning off hits from Luke Sanders, Layton Sanders, Druid Conrad and Hughes. The four batters then combined to score four more runs for PLAS in the third, capping the game off with a six-run fourth inning.

Conrad started on the mound for Pike and held the Gators scoreless in the first two innings of play, before giving way to Kirby in relief. Glenwood would add two runs in the third and three in the fourth.

Luke Sanders was 3-for-5 and both Conrad and Hughes went 3-for-4. Layton Sanders was 4-for-4. Hooks, Kirby, Johnson, and Brady Dunn also all had hits for PLAS.

The first game saw Glenwood total eight hits in the final four innings of play against PLAS to take the 11-2 win.

The Patriots had come back to tie the game up at 1-1 on a Hooks’ RBI in their half of the third, but relief pitcher Layton Sanders got caught in a jam when a walk and two straight bunts loaded up the bases for the Gators in the fourth. PLAS appeared ready to get out of the first half of the inning without giving up any runs when Sanders fielded a third straight bunt by Glenwood’s Stephen Fountain and tossed it to his catcher Johnson, who then threw to third and Hughes for the double play.

But another walk by Sanders loaded the bases and Josh Bowden followed with a two RBI single on a two-strike count. Tim Mayes drove in an additional two runs with another single hit between first and second.

Logan Wates pitched the complete game for Glenwood, striking out seven batters.

Hooks got Pike its final run of the game with a solo-shot home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Pike Lib plays another doubleheader on Monday in Cecil against Macon East. First pitch is at 5 p.m.