When Wake Christian baseball coach Randy Johnson fills out his lineup card, it’s like pulling names out of a hat.
Eight different Bulldogs collected hits Tuesday as Wake Christian toppled visiting Ravenscroft, 14-1. The Bulldogs went 14-for-26 at the plate with five doubles and a homerun and scored in each of their four at-bats before the game was called due to the 10-run rule.
“That’s the luxury I’ve got. I’ve got nine hitters,” Johnson said. “Pretty much top to bottom we can knock it out.”
A prime example of Wake Christian’s offensive depth is Drew Boykin, who batted in the eighth spot Tuesday. Boykin, just a sophomore, smashed a solo homerun in the third and a two-run double in the fourth. Both came off first-pitch fastballs and both hits were to the gap in left centerfield.
“He’s a good fastball hitter, and being down there at the bottom of the lineup that’s what he sees a lot of,” Johnson said. “That’s his specialty.”
Boykin is in no rush to move up the batting order.
“Trust me, I love hitting in the eight hole,” Boykin said. “I get a lot of first-pitch fastballs that I can jump on early. I’ll take that first-pitch fastball any day of the week.”
Dillon Garrison went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, Ronnie Hatfield was 3-for-4, D.J. Carper was 2-for-4 with a double and David Garrison went 2-for-2 with four RBIs while going the distance from the mound.
“We went through a stretch early in the season where we just weren’t hitting the ball,” Johnson said. “Today we talked about it and everybody was hitting.”
The Bulldogs started quickly, gathering hits from the first four players to come to the plate en route to a four-run first inning. Wake Christian followed up with three more in the second inning, one in the third, and then the floodgates blew open with a six-run fourth frame in which 12 Bulldogs came to bat. Remarkably, Wake Christian had just three hits in the inning and took advantage of three walks, a hit batsmen, two errors and a sacrifice fly.
From the mound, Garrison got the outs when he needed them, stranding eight Ravens on base including four in scoring position.
“Our pitching today was good,” Johnson said. “Garrison did a good job working ahead.”