2017-03-20 / Sports

Williams sparks Indians to win

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

Trailing by four late in the game, you’d think the spark the Gaffney High Indians would need would come from a hitter.

You’d be wrong.

Pitcher Chad Williams turned in a dominating 3-inning relief performance, retiring all nine batters he faced and giving the Indians a chance to rally for an exciting 11-10 win over Union County Thursday at Jerry “Jug” Wallace Field.

Williams took over for starter Jack Masters in the sixth and struck out the side. He also retired the side in order in the seventh and, facing the heart of the Union County order, struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth.

“Chad gave us an impressive performance,” Gaffney coach Jeff Osment said. “It was the shot in the arm that we needed.”

Dylan Peterson was hit by a pitch to start the four-run tying rally in the bottom of the sixth. Damian Eubanks hit a grounder to third that was bobbled, allowing Peterson to move to third and Eubanks to move into scoring position at second.

Cody Bailey and Trent McDaniel then followed with RBI singles before Charlie Black’s sac fly pulled the Indians within 10-9.

The Indians tied it on a passed ball.

Jacob Best had leadoff walk to start the game-winning rally in the eighth. A pinch runner moved to second on a wild pitch before Landon Queen plated the winning run with a single.

Gaffney (5-1) hosts Dorman on Tuesday to open the region.

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