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Volunteers top Bobcats

April 23, 2012

The Starkville Academy baseball team found a way to score runs, without having a lot of hits.

The Volunteers only managed five hits, but beat Presbyterian Christian 11-6 at Volunteer Field Monday afternoon.

The Bobcat starting pitcher walked 10 batters and hit a batter.

SA head coach Neal Henry knew what type of pitcher they were going to face and let his team know that they needed to be patient.

"Before the game we had a scouting report on (the pitcher)," Henry said who's team improved to 20-7 overall and 10-5 in South AAA Conference play. "We told our guys to get deep in counts, take some pitches and get on base. It always helps to score when the first guy gets on base. It's easy to score when you get somebody on with no outs. They did a real good with that.

"(They) took the scouting report to heart, got deep in the counts, knew what kind of pitcher they were facing and we got on base and scored runs."

PCS scored a run in the first after a double and an error by Ryan McKell in right field who battled the sun, but was unable to come up with a fly ball.

That didn't bother the Vols as they put up their own four spot in the bottom half of the inning.

After a hit by pitch and a walk, Ryan Mann singled to left field driving in Colby Runnels. A bases-loaded walk to Doug Pettit pushed across Stephen Robertson and Alex Holtcamp scored on a passed ball.

The Bobcats struck back in the top of the second and got a two-run single to tie the game up.
It was tied 3-3 heading to the bottom of the third, when Starkville Academy took over for good.

The Vols put up a four spot to take a 7-3 lead, which was highlighted by Hunter Bolin's two RBI single.
"It was a big time to answer right there," Henry said. "We found a way to win (Monday), and we found a way to answer back. We wanted to put some runs on the board to get back ahead and we did that by throwing up a four spot after they tied it up."

Holtcamp got the start on the mound and went all seven innings. Holtcamp gave up seven hits and struck out five batters.

"He is a bulldog senior," Henry said. "(This) probably is his last start here and he pitched like it. He went up there and threw strikes. He knew what to do. Our philosophy is to just throw the ball and let them hit it. If they hit it all around the park that's fine, instead of walking people."

The Vols added two more in the fourth and the fifth. The Bobcats managed a three-run fifth inning, but never scored again.

SA will be back in action today when they play host to Parklane at 4:30 p.m. It is senior night and they will honor the players for their last game at Volunteer Field. The Vols will return the trip Thursday for a varsity doubleheader.

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