Roy­als surge past Lee-Davis

Starke’s 2-run ty­ing sin­gle, Far­rar’s go-ahead RBI drives Prince Ge­orge to 3-2 win

The Progress-Index - - SPORTS - By Nick Van­de­loecht Staff Writer Nick Van­de­loecht may be reached at nvan­de­loecht@ progress-in­dex.com, 804722-5151 or @Nick­VanDelPI on Twit­ter.

PRINCE GE­ORGE - Ja­cob Far­rar drove in the go-ahead run in the bot­tom of the fifth inning af­ter Justin Starke hit the game-ty­ing two-run sin­gle, and pitch­ers Buck Forbes and Hunter Car­den com­bined on a three-hit­ter to pro­pel Prince Ge­orge Base­ball past Lee-Davis in a 3-2 come­from-be­hind vic­tory.

“They’re a great team and we strug­gled at the be­gin­ning of the game - just had to over­come that a lit­tle bit,” Starke said. “It’s a big team win re­ally, to beat a good team like that. Hope­fully it’ll con­tinue.”

“We needed a good team win - es­pe­cially against a team like [Lee-Davis],” Prince Ge­orge head coach Mickey Roberts said. “They’re a re­ally good team, they’re gonna be as good as any­body we’re gonna see all year.” All three of the Roy­als’ runs came in the fifth inning.

Forbes got the pitch­ing win in five and two-thirds in­nings, al­low­ing three hits and two runs and strik­ing out eight. Car­den got the save.

“I thought Buck Forbes did a great job on the mound,” Roberts said. “I thought Starke did a heck of a job be­hind the plate (at catcher) and at the plate. It was just a good over­all win.”

The Roy­als im­proved to 7-2 while the Con­fed­er­ates fell to 5-5.

Af­ter Lee Davis took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth, the Roy­als re­sponded by load­ing the bases in the bot­tom of the fifth. Starke de­liv­ered a huge base hit over the short­stop in the left-cen­ter gap, driv­ing in Shane Cooper and Tevin Tucker to knot it up.

Starke was bat­ting on a 3-1 count with the bases full - which he called “ev­ery hit­ter’s dream.”

“You’re in the hit­ter’s count and you’re look­ing for one pitch and that’s what hap­pened - I saw mine,” Starke said. “I put a good swing on it.”

Then Far­rar stepped up, fir­ing the fast-trav­el­ing ground­ball past field­ers to send in Mike Peter­son on the go-ahead run.

“I was just try­ing to see a pitch, bat­tle at the plate,” Far­rar said. “I got one I could drive and I just did what I could do for the team...felt pretty good.”

Be­hind Car­den, the Roy­als de­fense worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth as short­stop Tevin Tucker jumped up and snatched up a line drive.

The Roy­als then ended the game on a called dou­ble play.

For Lee-Davis, Lo­gan Davis went one-for-two with two RBI. Carter Trice bat­ted twofor-four with a run scored.

Far­rar said the vic­tory gives the Roy­als mo­men­tum go­ing into their home game to­day (Tues­day, April 17) at 5 p.m. ver­sus Hopewell.

VAN­DE­LOECHT/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM] [PHO­TOS BY NICK

Tevin Tucker fields the ball and at­tempts to throw out a Lee-Davis run­ner in the Prince Ge­orge Roy­als’ home game on Mon­day.

Ja­cob Far­rar (left) re­ceives con­grat­u­la­tions af­ter driv­ing in the go-ahead run to push his Prince Ge­orge Roy­als to a 3-2 lead over Lee-Davis.

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