As athletics across the country were coming to a halt last week, the New Brockton Gamecocks baseball team wrapped up what could be the final games of the 2020 season with a series against Luverne.
On March 16, the Gamecocks picked up an 8-2 win over the Tigers at home. Luverne took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning but New Brockton answered when Russell Weeks drove Clay Cotney in on a line drive single into center field to tie the score.
Weeks then scored on an infield error a few minutes later to give the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead.
New Brockton extended the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning when CJ Wilkerson scored on an infield error.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, and the bases loaded, Kaden Cupp was walked sending Garrett Zorn home to extend the lead to 4-1.
With the bases again loaded, Cotney drove Cupp, Wilkerson and Brunson home on a fly ball single into right field as the Gamecocks went up 7-1.
Luverne finally got back on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning with one run to cut the Gamecock lead to 7-2, but Zorn drove Trey Boland home in the bottom of the sixth to extend New Brockton’s lead to 8-2.
Cotney, Drew Cashin, Weeks, Zorn, Brunson and Wilkerson each had one hit, while Cotney had three RBIs. Zorn and Cotney were also walked twice, while Cupp, Ethan Stinson, Weeks, Brunson and Wilkerson were walked once each.
On the defensive side, Brik Schofield, Stinson and Wilkerson each picked up a double play.
Stinson pitched all seven innings on the bound and struck out seven batters, while giving up four hits and two runs. Both of Luverne’s runs came on errors and Stinson threw 77 strikes in his 99 total pitches.
On March 17, New Brockton traveled to Luverne for a doubleheader and were swept 8-7 in the first game and 7-3 in the second.