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Miscues cost Eagles against Dixie

SALEM — Inside the dugout, Dee Wate and his Tamassee-Salem High School baseball team are well aware that they aren’t nearly as bad as it may have appeared in their 14-1 loss to Dixie on Tuesday night.

“We’ve played too many good games to do this,” Wate said. “It’s ridiculous. We’ve played better than this. I’ve seen them play better than this. I know they can play better than this. We’re going to fix things tomorrow and the second half of conference is going to be a different story. Everybody better be watching out for us.”

The loss was Tamassee-Salem’s second consecutive, dropping them to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in region 1-A, and it comes on the heels of a tough 5-4 loss to Ware Shoals. Two other games, against Oconee Christian Academy and Ninety Six were postponed last week.

However, prior to the two losses were back-to-back wins. The Eagles beat conference rival McCormick 17-3 and then defeated Highlands (N.C.) 16-10.

“When we play ball we can beat any team in this conference, any team in this state,” Wate said. “That’s how I feel. It’s just a matter of getting them to believe it.”

The Eagles did not play their best ball on Tuesday though, as they committed six errors, walked six batters, hit two batters, had a wild pitch and a passed ball, and allowed seven unearned runs.

Starter Jeremy Talley took the loss. Talley gave up four runs, three earned, in three plus innings, yielding six hits, three walks and also hitting a batter.

Dixie’s Josh Fox was lights out while picking up the win. Fox pitched all seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits, while not walking a batter. He faced only five batters more than the minimum of 21.

“It’s the first time this year that we’ve gotten the good, solid pitching performance,” said Dixie assistant coach Skip Hopkins, who was filling in for head coach Todd Brown, of Fox. “He’s struggled at times this year. He’s been kind of up and down and inconsistent, but he was around the zone all day and he had a perfect game into the fourth and only gave up a couple of hits. We’re very pleased with how he threw today.”

Dixie did in fact have a perfect game through 3.2 innings before Spider Webb broke it up with an infield single behind first base. However, one base runner would not be nearly enough to match what Dixie was accomplishing when they were at the plate.

Jeff Stacy kicked off the scoring in the second inning with a single up the middle, bringing home Jemaury Norman. In the third, Dixie added another when Norman singled home Mario Washington, who was 4-4 on day with three RBI.

The Hornets added three more in the fourth on Washington’s two-run triple and Alex Cann’s RBI single off Webb.

In the fifth inning, an error by Talley allowed Norman to reach base. Norman then promptly stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Fox, Norman stole home when Fox was caught in a rundown between first and second, making the score 6-0.

Tamassee-Salem had a golden opportunity to cut into the lead when it loaded the bases with nobody out in their half of the fifth on a single, an error, and a hit batsman. However, Justin Kelley grounded back to the pitcher, who began a 1-2-3 double play. Nick Scholz then grounded out to the shortstop, ending the threat.

“In the fifth inning we kind of cut down, and stayed down,” Talley said.

Dixie pushed three more across in the sixth on a Caleb Chandler RBI single and an error in the infield on Josh Monts’ ground ball that allowed two runs to score.

The Eagles finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Garrett Peak singled and stole second. After advancing to third on a ground out, he scored on Talley’s ground ball back to the pitcher.

A wild pitch in the seventh scored Dixie’s tenth run, followed by Chris Giles’ RBI ground out and an RBI triple for Washington. Two more errors allowed the final two runs to touch home, pushing Dixie’s record to 7-1 and 4-1 in the conference.

“We need to take a lot of ground balls and get used to it,” Talley said.

Dixie 14, Tamassee-Salem 1

DHS 011 313 5 — 14 13 2

T-S 000 001 0 — 1 3 6

Pitching

IP H R BB K

W—Fox 7 3 1 0 5

L—Talley 3 6 4 3 1

Hitting

DHS—Cann 2-4, RBI, BB, HBP; Chandler 2-5, RBI; Stacy 2-4, RBI, BB; Washington 4-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, HBP

T-S—Cannon 1-3; Peak 1-3; Talley 0-3, RBI; Webb 1-3