Colonels sweep doubleheader, move to 3-0
AMERICAN CORNER — Pitchers Jake Zebron and Jamison Covey each fired complete games to help the Colonel Richardson High baseball team sweep a doubleheader Saturday.
Zebron, committed to North Carolina State and getting looks from Major League Baseball scouts, threw seven innings with 10 strikeouts in a 4-1 victory over Snow Hill to open the day. Covey, verbally committed to Ole Miss, then pitched five innings with seven strikeouts in a 12-0 win over Cambridge-South Dorchester.
The wins improve Colonel to 3-0 on the young season. The pitching staff has head coach Dan Mangum impressed with the only run scored in three games coming unearned. Friday’s starter Remy Mangum combined with Zebron for a no-hitter.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been in a position as a coach where I’ve had three quality arms,” Coach Mangum said. “Jamison and Jake did a tremendous job today.
“Snow Hill is a tough team,” he added. “You could tell their coaches prepared them. They have a great coaching staff, and great players. Jake was dealing today. He moved the ball great with a lot of speed.
“Jamison, like Jake, came out very strong, and kept it going the whole game,” he continued. “We still have a lot to work on. The season is still young, and I know we can get better.”
The Eagles’ lone run came unearned in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Clay Gaskill reached on an error and later scored on a single by Zack Donoway. Colonel’s Ryan Stanton saved another run when he made a diving catch in left to end the inning.
The Colonels took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first. Second baseman Tyler Stanley led off with a walk. He advanced to third on a single up the middle by Mangum. Zebron tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center.
Catcher Garrett Nepert showed great situational hitting by punching an outside pitch into the hole between first and second for a single, allowing Mangum to advance to third. Jackie Zebron then doubled to plate Mangum for a 2-1 lead. Another run scored off of an error.
Jake Zebron got in a grove, striking out four of the next six hitters. In the top of the fourth, Snow Hill threatened with bases loaded and one out. However, Shamzi Elsey hit the grounder Colonel wanted, but Stanley could not secure the ball — rather the ball bounced off his foot directly to second base and a waiting Ty Scott who executed a strange, yet timely inning-ending, 4-6-3 double play to keep the Colonels ahead 3-1.
Jackie Zebron led off the bottom of the fourth with a single. He then scored on a sacrifice bunt by Nathan Roth for a 4-1 lead.
In the second game, Covey kept the momentum going on the mound by striking out the side in the first. The Colonels scored three runs on a throwing error to lead 3-0 in the first. Nepert made it 4-0 with an RBI single in the second. Scott’s two-run single put Colonel up 6-0.
An RBI single by Mangum, and an RBI fielder’s choice by Jake Zebron increased the lead to 9-0 in the third.
Jackie Zebron scored on a wild pitch for a 10-0 lead in the fourth, and Jake Towers added a two-run single for a 12-0 lead.
Colonel Richardson’s Jamison Covey delivers a pitch against Cambridge-South Dorchester on Saturday.