Wave put a 'Watson' on West Lowndes

Staff Writer

The two Watsons were too much for the West Lowndes High School baseball team Monday. And so was just about everyone else in the West Point lineup.

The Green Wave pounded out 14 hits, made no errors on defense and used a late push to cruise to a 16-3 win over home-standing West Lowndes.

B.R. and Baker Watson led the way for West Point. B.R. went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Baker, who hits behind B.R. in the lineup, was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Roe Ketchum also had multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.

But the offense was spread up and down the order.

Gray Berry was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, Seth Edwards was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, Justin Ricks was 1-for-1 with an RBI, Xavier Moody was 1-for-1 with two RBI, a run scored and two walks, Jake Chambless was 1-for-3 with a RBI and run scored, Brandon Lairy was 1-for-1 with a run scored, and Davion Goree had a hit.

Ketchum's two hits were a double and a triple and B.R. Watson's hits were a pair of doubles.

Speed on the base paths also helped. Moody stole four bases while Marquez Carter, Edwards and Lairy stole one each.

Each team scored a run in the first and then West Point took control with five in the second. West Lowndes tried to crawl back in it with a pair of runs in the third, but the Green Wave responded with one in the fourth, five in the fifth and four in the sixth to put it away.

And for the second time in 10 days, the Wave played errorless defense, backing up good mound work from three pitchers.

Goree started and went two innings, giving up three hits and a run while walking one and striking out five. Chambless pitched the third, giving up three hits and two runs while fanning one. Moody handled the last three innings, allowing two hits while striking out five and walking none.

The one walk by the West Point staff was the best combined performance of the year.

The win lifted the Wave to 10-10 on the year heading into the final 10 days of district play.

The second innings was key for the Wave. B.R. Watson lead off with a single and went to second on a passed ball. With one out, Chambless doubled to right, driving in Watson. Drew Wright, running for Chambless, went to third on Lairy's single. Lairy stole second and Wright scored on Edwards' sacrifice fly.

After Berry was hit by a pitch, Ketchum tripled to right, plating Lairy and Berry for a 5-1 Wave lead.

Goree then walked and Ketchum scored on an error for a 6-1 lead.