Indians, Wildcats take their lumps at preseason tourneyFree Access

The Steve Sanders Preseaon Invitational attracts one of the most competitive fields each year.

The Gaffney and Blacksburg baseball teams are finding that out the hard way.

The Indians opened with a 7-5 loss to Broome on Friday before beating Blacksburg 13-3 in the first of two games on Saturday and being blanked by region opponent, Clover, 8-0, later in the day.

Blacksburg opened on Friday with a 15-0 loss to Clover.

The Blue Eagles added a run in the first, eight more in the second and six in the third in a game called after three with the 10-run rule.

Parker Cody had the lone Wildcat hit. Justin Wylie was the only other Wildcat to reach base on a walk.

Bradley Childers started for the Wildcats and gave up six earned runs and six hits in 1.2 innings of work. He struck out one and walked four.

Cody and Wylie also pitched for the Wildcats. Cody was charged with four runs and three walks in only one-third of an inning of work.

Wylie went just 2/3 of an inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned.

Both teams return to action when the tournament wraps up today.

Blacksburg and Gaffney will be off until the start of the regular season on March 7. Gaffney will travel to York, while Blacksburg will host Southside.

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