First Posted: 3/30/2013
PEMBROKE Though her fastball wasnt working quite the way she wanted it to Saturday, South Robeson pitcher Taylor Jacobs worked around it.
I was steady locating my outside pitches and I went with my screwball when I needed it, Jacobs said.
It turned out alright for the junior.
Throughout Saturdays 5-1 win over St. Pauls in the first round of the Robeson County Slugfest Tournament at Purnell Swett, she stayed consistent in the strike zone and kept batters guessing. When all was said and done, she had 13 strikeouts, including one that reached base on a passed ball.
It was part of a pitchers duel between her and Danielle Smith. The two allowed 10 combined hits and had 20 total strikeouts.
Both pitchers did a heck of a job, said South Robeson coach Donnie Carter. We didnt hit the ball well, but I think a lot of that came from the pitcher.
The difference between the team was in the field. Only one of South Robesons runs was earned.
Three of the Mustangs five runs initially reached base on an error and two runs crossed home plate on an error. In the Jacobs case, both happened at the same time when she hit a grounder to Smith in the sixth inning.
Smith overthrew first base long enough that Jacobs hurried around the bases and scored on the same play.
I think we played well, we just had some unforced errors, St. Pauls coach Wightman Miller said.
Though St. Pauls outhit South Robeson 6-4, the Bulldogs didnt always take advantage of it and left six runners on base in the game. In the sixth inning, St. Pauls reached it first two batters and had runners on first and third with no outs.
The trailing runner reached second, but a pop fly and two ground outs ended the inning. St. Pauls only score came in the top of the seventh when Aquaila Rozer hit a rope along the right field line and rounded the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
Lumberton edges Fairmont
Lumberton pitcher Meagan Skipper allowed only one hit in a 2-1 win over Fairmont.
The hit she allowed was an RBI single from Fairmont pitcher Katelon Floyd in the first inning, which scored Fairmonts only run of the game. Skipper didnt allow a batter to reach base in the final four innings and retired the last 14 hitters in order.
Lumberton tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first and Skipper had a single and later scored in the top of the third. Fairmonts Floyd allowed four hits.
Swett advances past Red Springs
Purnell Swett got consistent offense in a 7-6 win over Red Springs.
The Rams got two hits each from Courtney Oxendine, Kyla Chavis, Mikala Lowry, Tiffany Clark and Briston Locklear. Purnell Swett fell behind 2-1 in the first inning, but tied it 3-3 in the third. The Rams took their first lead of the game when they scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-5.
West Bladen beats Westover
Top-seeded West Bladen beat Westover 26-1 in a first-round rout.
The Knights put up 12 runs in the first inning and nine more in the second, taking advantage of 19 hits and nine errors. Robin Coleman picked up with win for West Bladen, allowing three hits.