On the heels of a lackluster, one-hit performance at the plate against Taylorsville, Sumrall was ready to bounce back Tuesday night. Against the Bobcats of PCS, Larry Knight’s Sumrall Bobcats pounded out 10 hits in beating their area foe, 8-3.
Following Friday’s game against the Tartars, there was really nowhere to go but up, according to Knight.
“The Taylorsville game, I was disappointed we didn’t do more offensively. This one, I feel a little better about it, because we swung well. I do feel like this is much better than the last one.”
The sixth inning was the difference for Sumrall. After playing PCS to a 3-3 tie through the first five frames, the Bobcats exploded for five runs in the inning. Graham Crawford and Hunter Barrett collected two-run base hits, while Garrett Robbins added an RBI double.
Earlier, Billy Garrity smacked his second home run of the season, a no-doubter over the right field fence.
“That was the thing for us tonight. Our goal was to get on base and have some of the big guys drive them in,” Knight said. “Graham had the big double, Billy gets a solo home run and Garrett gets a big double. Those are the guys we’re depending on.
“We didn’t need another 4-3, 5-3 type of game. We needed to put some numbers up, and I was proud of them for doing that.”
On the pitching side of things, Knight had an idea of who all he wanted to see action on the mound against PCS. That would be the starter, Payne Phillips, and Garrity, Barrett, Grant Ready and Kros Sivley out of the bullpen. To Knight’s liking, all five got in Tuesday night.
“Very proud of our pitching. I think we pieced it together,” Knight said. “I told them out there, I don’t think I could’ve written it better from a script standpoint. Those were all the guys I wanted to throw.”
Sumrall improved to 3-0 with the win, while PCS fell to 2-4. Holden Dykes and Braxton Henley drove in runs for the Bobcats in the loss.