Colonels sweep dou­ble­header, move to 3-0

Times-Record - - Sports - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s Jami­son Covey de­liv­ers a pitch against Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester on Satur­day.

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