High School Baseball | Futrell, Thach lift Perquimans past Manteo
Perquimans 8, Manteo 0
By Malcolm Shields
Saturday, April 6, 2019
HERTFORD — A six-run fourth inning paced the Perquimans baseball team to an 8-0 victory against Manteo Thursday night at Perquimans County High School.
The contest was an Albemarle Athletic Conference matchup.
The Pirates (8-5, 2-2 AAC) got the bottom of the fourth inning started with a single by starting pitcher Tanner Thach.
Spencer Loftis would reach base on an error and Nathan Scaff would load the bases after reaching base on a bunt attempt.
Manteo tried to get the force out at third base, but the runner was called safe.
That set the table for Braden Craddock, who sent a single into shallow right field to give Perquimans a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates scored two more runs on a fielder’s choice RBI by Chase Ward and a RBI single by Jacob Godfrey to take a 3-0 advantage.
With two runners on with one out, Tyler Futrell hit a three-run home run over the left-field fence to give the Pirates a 6-0 lead.
“I knew that it was gone, but I didn’t want to be cocky with it,” Futrell said. “I knew that we needed it as a team.”
Perquimans coach Justin Roberson noted that Futrell, a junior, is a special player.
“He’s got a lot of tools and he’s going to continue to get better,” Roberson said.
Roberson was pleased with the way his lineup was able to adjust during the contest.
“We had some bad approaches at the plate early,” Roberson said. “I was very pleased with our guys because it is something that we have struggled with this year early is not making that mid-game adjustment to your approach at the plate. I thought we did that [Thursday]. I’m proud of them for that.”
Perquimans added a run in the fifth in on a Craddock RBI single and in the sixth on a dropped flyball by the Manteo second baseman that allowed a Perquimans runner to score from third base.
Roberson also credited the bottom of the lineup that included Craddock, Ward and Godfrey for their production not only in Thursday’s game, but for most of the season.
“They grind out at-bats. They are not an easy out,” Roberson said. “When they get two strikes, they are going to put the team on their back and are going to be pesky. That’s frustrating for good pitchers.”
Craddock went 3-for-3 with two RBI, while Thach went 2-for-2 with a walk.
The Pirates also got timely pitching from Thach and reliever Jacob Meads.
Thach pitched the first four innings, gave up two hits, seven walks and posted nine strikeouts.
The freshman pitcher was able to get out of two bases loaded situations in the second and fourth innings to keep Manteo (7-5, 3-3 AAC) off the scoreboard.
Meads came into the game in the fifth and allowed three hits and posted five strikeouts in three innings of relief.
“I thought both of them were extremely sharp,” Roberson said. “To be freshmen, I thought they looked really poised on the mound. In some big-time spots, they made some big-time pitches in clutch situations. They gave us an opportunity to win and kept us in the ball game.”
Manteo’s Tyler Day went 2-for-3 with a walk.
The Pirates are percentage-wise tied for second place in the league behind first place John A. Holmes (4-0) and tied with Gates (3-3) and Manteo (3-3).
“We needed this win,” Futrell said.
Roberson noted that the conference is tough.
“You’ve got to bring your A-game every day,” he said. “You can’t show up and expect to win.”
In the top of the third inning, a Perquimans assistant coach was tossed from the game by the home plate umpire for going too far out of the dugout area.
Before the ejection, a Manteo player put down a bunt attempt and on Perquimans’ throw to first base, the runner was called safe by the infield umpire.
The Perquimans dugout disagreed with the call.
The home plate umpire ruled that the Perquimans assistant coach went too far out of the dugout during the disagreement, which led to the ejection.
The Pirates return to action Tuesday as they will host rival Camden, while Manteo will face John A. Holmes at Hicks Field in Edenton Tuesday.
Go to www.DailyAdvance.com/Photos to view a photo gallery from Thursday’s game.