KF struggles in tourney
Published 2:39 pm Saturday, April 11, 2015
Going 0-3 in the King’s Fork Spring Break baseball tournament is the last thing King’s Fork High School’s team wanted, but neither record nor the weather prevented the school’s second annual edition of the event from going well.
“We had good, competitive baseball here this week,” Bulldogs coach Pat Stafford said.
Thunderstorms threatened to derail the tourney’s schedule, but he said, “Everything stayed on time.”
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“The weather hasn’t interfered at all; we’ve really been fortunate. It made our lives here a lot easier, that’s for sure.”
The Bulldogs opened Friday, the final day of the tournament, by facing Warwick High School to determine the seventh- and eighth-place teams in the event.
“We came out, and we got a couple runs early in the game,” Stafford said, but after KF established a 3-0 lead, the Raiders scored nine unanswered runs to claim the win.
Stafford said a couple of walks, a couple of struck batters and an error here and there led to the Bulldogs’ demise.
“I will hand it to Warwick, though,” he said. “They played a really good defensive game.”
King’s Fork finished with three hits and four errors and fell short again of Stafford’s goal for it to produce a complete game, featuring good pitching, hitting and defense.
Sophomore Blake Sargent was the lone offensive standout for the Bulldogs, producing two hits and one RBI.
With its three losses this past week, King’s Fork falls to 1-7 on the season, though the lone win was a big one against Nansemond River High School.
“That really was the complete game,” Stafford said.
The Bulldogs host Hickory High School on Tuesday and visit Western Branch High School on Friday.
Oscar Smith High School finished first in the tournament, Ocean Lakes took third and Denbigh finished third in the tournament. King’s Fork wound up in eighth place.