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BASEBALL: All-Stars fall behind early, fall to Kernersville
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Piedmont All-Stars batter Daymon Totherow ropes a smacks a triple to right field Tuesday during the All-Stars 7-2 loss to Kernersville at Hooker Field.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By HARRISON HAMLET - Bulletin Sports Writer

When the Kernersville Bulldogs posted a few runs early Tuesday against the Piedmont All-Stars, the pressure increased on All-Stars staring pitcher Kemper Terry.

The former Bassett High School left-hander had trouble containing a strong Bulldogs lineup as a trio of hitters helped pave the way for a 7-2 Kernersville victory at Hooker Field.

“That team would probably be .500 or better in the Coastal Plain League and they’re the best team in the Virginia Carolina League,” Piedmont head coach Barry Nelson said. “I thought we were respectable. I hated giving up the sixth and seventh run late. We made an error, had a broken bat single and it was a couple of things in there that kept it from being a 4-2 or a 3-2 game.”

Chris Corbett went 3-for-5, with RBIs in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to provide the final score line. Ray Crawford went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, three RBIs, two runs scored, and a stolen base, while Thane Billings added a 3-for-5 performance at the plate.

Kernersville (44-10) capitalized on a few early mistakes by Terry. Billings hit a one-out single before Crawford made Terry pay for hanging a breaking ball. Crawford’s two-run home run over the scoreboard in left made it 2-0.

Daymon Totherow single-handedly manufactured a run in the bottom half of the inning for the All-Stars (17-7) when he hit a triple to right field before scoring on a wild pitch. Crawford earned his third RBI of the game on a fielder’s choice in the third to bump the lead back to two at 3-1.

Hunter Ashworth got the run back for the All-Stars in the bottom of the third on a bizarre sequence of plays. Ashworth was on first base when Totherow struck out for the All-Stars but the third strike got away from the Bulldogs catcher, who then overthrew first base. Crawford, backing up the play, made the throw home in an attempt to get Ashworth, who slid in safely before the tag.

That was the end of the offense from the All-Stars, who got only two hits on the night against the Bulldogs’ pitching staff.

“Their pitching, my goodness, lend me one of those pitchers and we might’ve beaten them,” Nelson said. “It was impressive with as many high school kids as we play, to hang in there like that.”

The Bulldogs added to Terry’s problems in the fifth. After getting a quick pair of outs, a single by Billings later scored on a Crawford hit — his second of the game — for his fourth RBI of the night. Corbett then added some more run support, roping a triple to center field and a 5-2 lead.

The Kernersville bullpen then closed things out behind Hunter Smith, who worked a perfect five-pitch fifth inning and a perfect 10-pitch sixth, and three others over the final three innings.

Lyndale Morley gave up another RBI hit to Corbett in the seventh in relief of Terry before Holden Watkins and Adrian Spears closed out the game pitching for the All-Stars.

The All-Stars went hitless between Totherow’s triple in the first and Ryne Sigmon’s single in the seventh. Totherow finished 1-for-3 with a walk, while Sigmon finished 1-for-2 with two walks.

The All-Stars conclude their season at 7 p.m. tonight when they host Fuquay-Varina.


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