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Rockingham Pony stays alive

By Shawn Stinson Sports editor sstinson@civitasmedia.com

July 25, 2014

HUNTERSVILLE — Facing possible elimination, the Rockingham Pony All-Star team came out swinging Friday afternoon.


Literally.


Rockingham pounded out 12 hits en route to defeating High Point 14-3 in a South Region tournament contest at Huntersville Athletic Park.


“We swung the bats pretty well,” Rockingham coach Jeff Ingram said. “I didn’t think they pitching as going to be that good, but they weren’t bad.”


Five Rockingham players recorded two hits in the game, including Justin Ingram, who added four runs batted in. Nolan Allen, Alex Anderson, Tyler Blount and Chase Puckett were the other Rockingham batters with two hits in the victory.


“We had five doubles in game. I told them we needed to be more aggressive at the plate,” Jeff Ingram said. “And we also had two line drive outs to second and their third baseman made a nice play on other.”


The storm system that hit the area Thursday and forced games to be postponed, caused officials to move Friday’s early games from McEver Park in Davidson to Huntersville Athletic Park. In addition because there is a possibility of teams playing more than two games Saturday, there were discussions of shortening the games to five innings. But Jeff Ingram said all the contests are scheduled for seven innings.


Rockingham will face Southampton-Sussex 10 a.m. Saturday at McEver Park. The winner of Saturday’s opening contest will take on the loser of Friday’s nightcap, either Chesterfield Baseball Club or DC force.


“Pitching is going to be tough,” Jeff Ingram said. “If we have to burn whatever then we will because they ain’t no tomorrow.”


Reach sports editor Shawn Stinson at 910-817-2671 or on Twitter @scgolfer.