After starting out the 2020 baseball season by splitting a doubleheader with Rehobeth on Feb. 15, the New Brockton Gamecocks (2-1) rebounded with a 16-2 throttling of Carroll on the road on Feb. 17.
New Brockton held a solid 6-0 lead over Carroll heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but Carroll managed to score its first two runs of the evening in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Eagles showed signs of life for the first time. That’s when the Gamecocks went to work.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Gamecocks had the bases loaded after two walks and Russell Weeks earned a base by getting beaned by a pitch. Carroll then walked Kaden Brunson, which drove in Weeks.
Wilkerson was hit by the next pitch, which drove in Brik Schofield. Kaden Cupp was then walked on the very next pitch to drive Zorn home.
New Brockton was walked or hit by a pitch on its first six plate appearances in the inning. The seventh batter wasn’t much better for the Eagles as Clay Cotney drilled a ground ball single that drove Brunson home.
Drew Cashin then singled a hard ground ball into left field to drive Cupp home. Weeks was then walked again with the bases loaded to sent Cotney home.
Schofield singled on the next pitch to drive Ethan Stinson home and then Tanner Macon was hit by a pitch to drive Cashin home.
Wilkerson was hit by a pitch for the second time in the inning on his next at bat, which drove Weeks home.
Alex Graham was walked on the next pitch sending Schofield home. In total, New Brockton was hit by a pitch or walked 10 times in the inning and scored 11 runs with seven of those runs coming by way of a walk or batter hit by a pitch.
The game was called after Carroll was unable to earn a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Cashin went 2-of-5 at the plate with three RBIs and two runs, while Cotney went 2-of-3 with three runs and one RBI and Stinson went 2-of-4 with two runs.
Schofield and Stinson earned a double play on defense, while Cashin pitched four innings with nine strikeouts to earn the win. He also gave up no hits or runs.
Brayson Carr pitched one and 2/3 innings giving up three hits and two runs.