Holland’s two homers lead Pisgah past East HendersonJunior drives in five runs, James four in win
EAST FLAT ROCK — Coming into the 2012 season, the East Henderson varsity baseball team was one of the favorites to win the WNC Athletic Conference.
Someone forgot to inform junior Garrett Holland and his Pisgah teammates.
Holland belted a 2-run homer in the sixth and a 3-run homer in the top of the ninth as the visiting Black Bears upset East Henderson, 11-9, in a nine inning WNCAC contest Friday.
“We played very well against a very good team,” said Pisgah Manager Harold Shepard. “I was very pleased that we played as a team.”
Pisgah improved to 3-10 overall and 2-5 in the WNCAC and will host Franklin Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Charles Thomas Wells Complex in Canton. East dropped to 10-5 and 5-3 in the conference. The loss was also the Eagles’ third straight conference loss after starting 5-0.
The Black Bears recaptured the lead (2-1) in the top of the third on senior Dalton James’ 2-RBI single and scratched a run across in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
But the Eagles scored three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth off of Holland, who started on the mound, to take an 8-3 lead. Dakota King relieved Holland with one out in the fifth and kept the Eagles in their nest for the remainder of the game.
Pisgah answered, however, with five in the top of the sixth to tie the game at eight.
The two big blows for the Black Bears in that frame were provided by Holland, who crushed a two-run bomb and by James, who drove in two on a double.
It stayed tied until the ninth when Holland emerged as the hero, belting a go-ahead 3-run homer, giving Pisgah an 11-8 lead.
King gave up a run in the ninth, but closed the door to earn the win. He went the final 4.2 innings and struck out five.
Holland (5 RBI), James (4 RBI), Drew Parker and Will Sellers had two hits each in the 12-hit attack, while junior Trey Goodlett had a double.