Kody Cyr said he wasn’t feeling many nerves when he made his first start of his high school baseball career.
The freshman fired a complete game, striking out five against one walk and allowing three hits as Corinth Holders topped Johnston County rival Smithfield-Selma 10-0 on Thursday night.
The win, the Pirates’ third conference victory of the week, improved them to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in Two Rivers 3A play. SSS fell to 3-7 and 1-3.
“We’re improving,” Corinth Holders coach Adam Weaver said. “We didn’t play as well as we possibly could tonight, but the kids played hard. We’ve had a big week in the conference.
“Cyr is learning and making the adjustments going from middle school to varsity baseball. The thing I like the most about him is he competes. We needed a bulldog on the mound tonight and that’s what he was.”
It was the second time in three days the Spartans had a game end early because of the 10-run rule, and SSS coach Michael Sliger said his team needs to get turned around quickly.
“We’re just playing bad baseball right now,” Sliger said. “Hopefully this (Easter weekend) break will help us get it back together. Bad baseball is what it is. That’s why baseball is the worst and the best game in the world. We’re better than what we’re showing, but we’ve got to clean it up.”
Cyr, who helped his own cause with a pair of hits and an RBI in the Pirates’ 12-hit attack, improved to 2-0 including a relief decision in a 3-2 win at Western Harnett on March 24.
“Coach had talked to me last summer about being on varsity,” said Cyr, who plays for the Dirtbags showcase club. “I just put my mind to it and put in a lot of work.
“Tonight my fastball was working well and my curveball was pretty good. I wasn’t too nervous. I was glad I had a win before I made the start. I just went out and did what I needed to do.”
Tyler Barritt led the Pirates with a double, two singles and an RBI. Kahlil Hodge added a pair of doubles for two RBI, while Nick Peach and Mason Cooper each had a double and a single for two RBI.
“We’ve had a lot of guys stepping up and getting the job done,” Hodge said. “That was the mindset I had at the plate - get on base and score runs.
“It’s pretty sweet to have a freshman pitch like that for us, too.”
SSS starter Tyler Brown lasted 2 1/3 innings before Cody Simonson came on in relief.
Corinth Holders took the lead with a run in the second. Peach led off with a double to left, scoring on Will Jones’ two-out single to left.
And the Pirates broke it open with seven runs on six hits in the third. Hodge had a pair of doubles for two RBI in the inning, while Peach had a two-run single.
Barritt led off the Pirates’ fifth with a double, scoring on Cooper’s two-out double before Cyr followed with an RBI single.
Cole Pearson was the Spartans’ best man at the plate with a single and a walk in two appearances.
“We’re just in a slump,” the junior Pearson said. “We didn’t have our bats in the game tonight.”