|Legends pick up two wins in tournament|
|Friday, June 12, 2009|
By Deon Russell
After opening up the tournament with a 7-6 win over Smyrna on Thursday night, the Legends picked up their second win on Sunday evening with a 6-4 victory over the previously unbeaten Nashville Trojans.
“We could have played better,” said Station Camp coach Tim Dowell. “We just did not get enough key hits with runners in scoring position, and we gave up too many errors in the field.
“Our pitchers did a good job, but we just did not give them any support.”
After taking an early 1-0 lead over the Trojans in the top of the first inning, the Legends stretched their lead to 2-0 in the top of the third inning on a Dylan Phelps run batted in single.
Joey Wallace scored on the Phelps single.
“When you score early it just set up the confidence for the rest of the team,” said Dowell.
“Especially the pitcher. He can just relax and throw strikes.”
“Our motto has been to jump on people first,” added Dowell. “And play good defense. And hopefully we can get some timely hitting.”
Phelps pitched a complete game striking out two batters, and only giving up four runs on five hits.
The Legends increased their lead to six runs, 6-0, in the top of the fifth inning.
Chanler Watkins scored the first run on error, and Lankford drove in a run with an RBI single.
“They had not lost a game till we faced them,” said Dowell.
“So we knew we were going to have to score runs, because they were a good team.”
The Trojans battled back scoring three runs in the home half of the fifth, and another run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Legends’ lead to just two runs, 6-4, but they were not able to get any closer.
The Legends have posted an 8-12 mark so far this season, and Coach Dowell is pleased with the team’s progress.
“We are getting better with every game,” said Dowell. “Because we are playing a tough schedule. We are playing a lot of 14 and 15 year old teams, and not just 13 year old teams.
“We want to play the best competition we can,” added Dowell. “The more games you play, the better you get. You can practice and practice, but it is just not the same until you face good teams on the field.”
After returning to Drakes Creek Park on Monday to face Hendersonville, the Legends will host their own 13 and 14 year old tournament next week beginning on Thursday and running through Sunday.