Our Red Devils defeated the Washington-Wilkes Tigers 6-2 in the first region baseball contest of the season Monday.
Danny Williford pitched a 4-hitter to lead the Devils to their ninth win of the season. Williford struck out nine Washington hitters and walked two to record his fourth win of the season.
Alex Bradford got the Red Devil offense started in the third inning with a single to right. He then stole second and went to third on a throwing error by the Washington-Wilkes catcher. Cordarryl Coppin followed with a walk to put runners on first and third. Williford picked up the RBI with a sacrifice fly to center. Tyler Beale singled to right field to put Coppin on second. Coppin then scored from second on a fielder’s choice by Brandon Barden.
The Devils added four runs in the sixth inning. Dontai Parks led off with a single and went to second on a ground out by Kiece Crite. Cody Beggs followed with an infield hit moving Parks to third. Casey Norman singled to plate Parks. Bradford then singled to drive in Rontae Norman who was running for Beggs. Beale then knocked in Casey Norman and Bradford with a ground ball error on the W-W shortstop.
Washington-Wilkes scored their two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Consecutive singles and a base-on-balls loaded the bases with two outs. A single followed to score the two runs but the hitter was thrown out at second by centerfielder Coppin.
Beale, Parks and Bradford led the hitters with two hits each. Barden made a tremendous play at third for the first out of the seventh inning.
The victory gives Lincoln County a 9-3 record and six consecutive wins. The win also gives LCHS a 1-0 Region 7A record.
Lincoln County coach Billy Beale said that “this was a big win on a cold, windy day. We didn’t let the weather affect either our play or our enthusiasm. Danny pitched a tremendous game and the hitters came through with men on base.”
The Red Devils host Athens Christian on Thursday and Glascock County on Friday this week.