The New Brockton Gamecocks (1-2) dropped their second consecutive last Thursday with a 12-2 loss to G.W. Long before bouncing back with a 9-8 win over Dothan on Saturday.
New Brockton was outscored 24-2 in the first two games to open the season before rebounding against Dothan.
Against G.W. Long, the Gamecocks hung tough in the game before Long took complete control in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Gamecocks trailed 4-2 heading into the fifth inning but Long scored five runs in the fifth and third in the sixth to pull away.
“Early we played really well in the ballgame,” New Brockton coach Brad Barton said. “I think our guys believed that we could hang with them and win the ball game at that point, but a couple of bad things happened for us and they were able to break it open. It got away from us a little faster than we expected it to there.”
Hunter Phillips, Hunter Wallace and Wyatt Grice each had one hit for the Gamecocks with Kade Brunson and Caleb Griffin earning one run each. Phillips and Wallace each had one RBI, as well.
The Gamecocks suffered six errors against Long, which really hampered New Brockton late.
“Everything goes back to consistency for us,” Barton said. “If we can be consistent through the lineup and on the field when it comes to playing sound defense then we’ll be okay.
“It’s really about playing the way that we know how and the way we’ve played in the past. We just have to be more disciplined in our approach and in everything that we do.”
New Brockton traveled to Dothan for a doubleheader against Dothan and Headland. In the first game, Headland dominated the Gamecocks 12-0.
The Gamecocks struggled all game from the plate with Dalton Adkison picking up the only hit of the game. Adkison went 1-of-2 from the plate.
The Gamecocks were able to avenge an early season loss to Dothan on Feb. 19 with the 9-8 win on Saturday.
Against Dothan, Adkison again led New Brockton going 3-of-4 from the plate with five RBI and two runs.
Adkison hit a staggering two homeruns during the game, including the first grandslam of his career.
Ethan Stinson and Hunter Gordy both went 2-of-4 from the plate and Gordy drove in one run and Stinson scored one run. Wallace, Austin Reeves, Clay Cotney and Hunter Andrews each had one hit. Phillips, Wallace, Reeves and Lukas Perdue each scored one run and Wyatt Grice scored two runs along with driving in one run.
From the mound, Caleb Griffin struck out 14 batters and allowed just two hits in six innings of pitching.