Prep Baseball

‘Spring Sweep!’

Fox’s 3-run homer sparks Pisgah’s victory over rival Tuscola
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Apr 25, 2013
Photo by: Wesley Pope Pisgah sophomore Mason Fox puts a charge into a fastball, belting a 3-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to put the Black Bears ahead, 6-1, over rival Tuscola Tuesday.

When was the last time Pisgah swept Tuscola in baseball in their season series?
Don’t worry if you can’t answer the question, no one at Pisgah High School could either.
Well, on second thought, Pisgah Manager Harold Shepard knows the answer — April 23, 2013.
In Tuesday afternoon’s second meeting of the regular season, sophomore Mason Fox crushed a 3-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to lead the Black Bears to a 6-3 win over rival Tuscola.
“I’m proud of my guys for the way they battle,” said Shepard. “Someone asked me after the game when was the last time we swept Tuscola in baseball. I actually don’t know when was the last time it happen or if it ever happened. But the answer now is April 23, 2013.”
Pisgah, which improved to 9-7 overall and 7-4 in the WNCAC, kept its hunt for the conference’s No. 1 Class 2-A playoff seed alive with the win. Tuscola, however, slipped to 9-11 overall after losing to North Buncombe Wednesday, and dropped to 5-6 in the WNCAC.
Sophomore pitcher Thomas Tatham went a solid five frames to pick up the win. He allowed five hits, three runs (all earned), walked three and struck out three batters.
Senior lefty Forrest Kerslake  was the losing pitcher. He  went four innings, gave up two runs on three hits and struck out six.
Tuscola took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Levi Duffield ripped an RBI single.
But Pisgah picked up two run sin the top of the fifth to go-ahead 2-1.
After adding another run in the top of the sixth, Fox struck and gave the Black Bears a 6-1 lead with his impressive homer.
Tuscola sliced the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs off Pisgah pitcher Trevor Bailey.
But that’s all the Mountaineers could manufacturer as Bailey closed the door and earned the save with a spotless seventh.
Fox, Tatham (2 2Bs) and Trevor Johnson (2B) finished with two hits each for the Black Bears, which had a total of eight hits in the game.
Lucas Ledford  (2B) had two hits for the Mountaineers, which finished with seven hits.
In the JV game, Pisgah defeated Tuscola, 4-3.
In WNCAC baseball action today, Pisgah travels to North Henderson (4:30 p.m.) and Tuscola is at West Henderson (7 p.m.).

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