Hawks slide by Jags
by Donell Maxie
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Shaw's Lerandal Allen makes a play at the plate against a Broad Street runner during Tuesday's Region 3-1A showdown in Shelby. Shaw won the game 7-6.
Shaw's Lerandal Allen makes a play at the plate against a Broad Street runner during Tuesday's Region 3-1A showdown in Shelby. Shaw won the game 7-6.
SHELBY — It was a defensive struggle early, but timely hitting from both teams made Tuesday's game between the Broad Street Jaguars and the Shaw Hawks a thriller.

The game came right down to the wire, but in the end the Hawks walked away with a 7-6 victory.

The Hawks improved to 6-1 overall with a 3-0 mark in Region 3-1A, while the Jaguars fell to 1-3 overall with a 1-2 mark in the region.

"The guys came through when they needed to come through,” Shaw High head coach Ricky Lunford said. ‘We had some miscues, but we stayed with it and we were able to get the win. We are still making some mental mistakes, but I'm pleased with the win.’

Shaw senior shortstop Keveon Shepherd was really excited about the win and said the key was playing good defense and sticking together when they fell behind.

"Coach always teaches us to keep our heads down and make plays,” Shepherd said. “We have been doing that all year and today we needed to play well defensively and we did. We are a team. We stick together, when one fall we all fall. We are a family and we play hard for each other. We just wanted to stay up and keep playing hard.”

The game started as a pitching duel between Shaw's Reuben Kince and Broad Street's Traterrious Britton, as the game was scoreless through the first two innings.

The Hawks managed to strike first in the top of the third when Filiberto Rippy singled and stole second to start the inning. The next batter, Shepherd, drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Rippy and Shepherd ended up scoring on ground outs from Xavius Loggins and Kince to give the Hawks a 2-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the fourth with two outs, Broad Street saw life when Keshun Black walked and eventually scored off a throwing error from Shaw's catcher Lerandal Allen to cut Shaw’s lead to 2-1.

Kince ended up walked Broad Street's Jarvis McClenton and Kerris Jackson, to set things up Donterious Greyer who socked a RBI double to score McClenton for a 2-2 ball game.

The Hawks added two runs in the top of the fifth off an RBI single from as Ricky Lunford, Jr. and Allen each tagged a RBI-singles to put Shaw back on top 4-2.

The Jaguars, however, woke up in the bottom of the sixth in a major way. With two outs in the innings, Jackson hit a single and Greyer walked. Jackson and Greyer ended up scoring on an infield to tie the game at 4-4. The Jaguars ended up taking the lead as Brandon Ray stroked a RBI single to make the score 5-4 in favor of Broad Street.

The Hawks refused to die in the top of the seventh as the team scored three runs in the inning, two of which were close plays at home plate. With the runs, the Hawks took a 7-5 lead.

The Jaguars answered back in the final frame of the game as Greyer nailed a RBI-double to cut Shaw’s lead down to 7-6. With a runner on second and Britton at the plate, the Jaguars had the situation they wanted, but Britton's long fly ball to center fell in the waiting glove of Loggins to end the game.

"Good effort all the way around today,” Broad Street head coach Brendan Adams said. “The sticks weren't there for us in the beginning. We spotted them three runs before we could get a hit. But overall I was pleased with the effort in the last inning. We didn’t just lie down and die we came within a few feet of extending this game.”

Kince picked up the win for the Hawks, while Britton suffered the loss for Broad Street.

Kince gave up two hits while striking out seven, walking four and hitting three batters in five innings of work. Charlie Tyler earned the save as he struck out four, hit one batter and gave up three hits in two innings of work.

Britton struck out nine, walked eight, hit one and gave up seven hits in the seven-inning complete game effort.

Rippy and Lunford finished the day with three hits and an RBI each to lead the Hawks, followed by Allen with a hit.

Greyer led Broad Street with two doubles and two RBIs and Britton had a single with two RBIs and Demarcus Alexander, Jackson and Shawn Smith had a hit each.

Shaw will be back in action Thursday at home against Charleston. Broad Street will travel to play Ray Brooks Friday in Benoit.