Tiger lineup shows its depth

03/03/2014 2:24 PM

03/03/2014 2:25 PM

The ability of Chapel Hill’s young baseball lineup to produce hits anywhere from batters one to nine appears to be everything coach Lee land said it could be.

Sophomore Nick Hebert and junior Garrett Welch both batted in the bottom third of the Tiger lineup and came up with RBI hits in Chapel Hill’s season-opening, 16-6 win against 4A Northern Durham.

Playing a rare Saturday afternoon game last weekend, the Tigers played their first road game and came up with eight hits in a 6-3 victory at 4A East Chapel Hill.

Hebert went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a run. Welch was 2-for-3, including a triple, and batted in two runs.

Junior Matt Dayton came up with a double and two RBI, finishing the day 2-for-4.

Junior Andrew Miller and sophomore Blake Rasnake each produced a hit, while Ian Templeon walked in a run.

That left six Tigers with batting averages of .333 or better after two games: Miller (.883), Hebert (.667), Welch (.500), Roy Huang (.500), Rasnake (.400) and Dayton (.333).

Chapel Hill came up with four runs in the top of the first inning Saturday, making a winner of junior Sam Sisk (1-0). Miller recorded a save after the Tigers threw out East’s potential tying run at home in the bottom of the fifth.

Sophomore Connor Stough led East at the plate by going 2-for-4, while sophomore Sean Moore and junior Zach Lahey each went 1-for-3.

Getting more than four hits would be nice, but East Chapel Hill coach Phil Woodell said he’d really prefer that his Wildcats make fewer mistakes.

John Blue was tagged with the loss, though he and Moore gave up just one earned run apiece. The Wildcats committed five errors, plus a couple of mental mistakes, Woodell noted.

“John Blue kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win,” Woodell said. “But you not going to win making that many errors. Our defense just has to get better. And it will.”

Chapel Hill (2-0) and East Chapel Hill (1-1) are scheduled for a rematch at 7 p.m. Friday on Tiger Field. A JV game precedes the varsity.

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