LEXINGTON — Thomasville baseball’s second home run of the season wasn’t enough to take down Central Davidson on Wednesday, as the Bulldogs dropped a 12-2 contest to the Spartans in five innings.
Avery Adams belted a solo shot in the top of the third for Thomasville and Travis Hunter narrowly missed hitting his second homer of the campaign, but Central (2-5, 1-4 Central Carolina 2-A) proved too much for the visitors.
“We did some good things, and we did some bad things,” THS coach Bobby House said. “We just couldn’t make routine plays tonight. It’s the first time I haven’t seen Avery on [his game from the mound] in a long time. He was not his usual self.
“But we’re swinging the bats a lot better.”
Central got on the board with its first run on an attempted pick-off throw in the bottom of the first inning that got away from the Bulldogs (3-6, 0-6 CCC). Trayce Aufderhar followed that first run with an RBI single to make the score 2-0. Hunter came back with a run in the top of the second, when he led off the inning with a double that caromed off the base of the wall, then later came around to score the first run of the game for the Bulldogs.
A fielder’s choice and two wild pitches brought in another three runs for Central in the bottom half of the second, making the score 5-1 before Adams’s blast in the third. Errors in the fourth and fifth innings cost the Bulldogs runs, and Dylan Story finished things off for Central in the bottom of the fifth with a walk-off RBI double to end the game.
That extra-base-hit and the RBI triple by freshman Will Beck — who finished the night a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate — were the two key offensive contributions by Spartan hitters. The rest of the runs were primarily a product of self-inflicted wounds by Thomasville.
“When you have 12 walks and about seven errors, you’re going to get your tail beat,” House said.
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