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War Hawks manage come-back win to force “if” game in semi-finals

by | May 11, 2016 11:25 pm

Joe Bryan and Lawson Griffith celebrate after turning a sweet 4-6-3 double play to seal CPA's win and force the "if" game on Friday. Photo by Jim Killian

Joe Bryan and Lawson Griffith celebrate after turning a sweet 4-6-3 double play to seal CPA’s win and force the “if” game on Friday. Photo by Jim Killian

The Colleton Prep War Hawk Baseball team dug themselves into a hole tonight…and then dug themselves out; and in a big way.

After losing to Laurens Academy on Tuesday evening, 7-6, the War Hawks were in a must-win situation in tonight’s match-up at Will Haynes Field in front of a large home crowd. In the bottom of the sixth, with the bases loaded and two outs, the Hawks trailed 7-5. Senior, Matt Craven, stepped into the batter’s box and with a 1-0 count, ripped a line drive for a double, driving in two runs and tying the game. Zach Crosby then dropped a single in no-man’s land behind first base, plating two runs and pushing Colleton Prep ahead, 9-7.

In the top of the seventh, Joshua Craven, who entered in the fourth in relief of Joe Bryan, walked the leadoff and then struck out the next batter. The Hawks would then turn a sweet 4-6-3 double play to seal the 9-7 win and force the “if game” on Friday evening.

Earlier in the game, the Hawks jumped ahead 3-0 with singles from Joshua Craven, Bryan, Nick Padgett, Wil Hughes and a sacrifice by catcher, Brian Murdaugh. Laurens would answer with five runs in the top of the second and CPA would add one in the bottom to put the Crusaders ahead, 5-4. Laurens would add an unearned run in the third and an earned run in the fourth.

Coach Nat Stoner was all smiles after the Hawk’s win. “Tonight really speaks to the work ethic and leadership of our seniors,” said Stoner. “They don’t quit. I could not be prouder of the team’s effort. We’re going to be ready for Friday.”

Senior, Joshua Craven, allowed just one run in four innings of relief. Craven signed a scholarship earlier today to play for USC - Salkehatchie next year. Photo by Jim Killian

Senior, Joshua Craven, allowed just one run in four innings of relief. Craven signed a scholarship earlier today to play for USC – Salkehatchie. Photo by Jim Killian

Colleton Prep will travel to a neutral site, Hammond School, for Friday’s decision game in the semi-final series of the SCISA Class A playoffs.

HEROIC SENIOR. With two outs, Matt Craven would rip a line drive, scoring two runs and tying the game. Photo by Jim Killian

HEROIC SENIOR. With two outs, Matt Craven would rip a line drive, scoring two runs and tying the game. Photo by Jim Killian

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