50/70 All-Stars down Florida
The Rutherfordton/Chase IM 50⁄70 All-Stars, representing North Carolina, jump started their weekend at the 2013 Regional Tournament with a 7-4 win over Florida in Spring Hill, Tenn. Friday morning.
Keaton Snethen started the contest off right for North Carolina with a first-inning single and eventually scored on a passed ball to put his team on the board early.
Florida owned a 2-1 advantage heading into the third inning but a four-run explosion put North Carolina on top for good.
Two more runs in the fourth inning brought the North Carolina tally to seven runs while Florida failed to put together another multiple-run inning.
Cameron Snethen picked up the win with 41⁄3 innings pitched allowing four runs on four hits while striking out six Florida batters.
Cameron Snethen is now unavailable to pitch for North Carolina until Tuesday’s semifinal round.
Joey Daigle picked up the save pitching the final five outs and allowing just one hit.
The duo finished the night with no walks while the defense behind them played an error-free contest.
Keaton Snethen led the way at the plate going 2-for-4 and scoring two runs while Cameron Snethen, Adam McDowell, Jace Crowe and Wesley Smith each added one hit apiece.
The team’s next challenge comes tonight as they take on Georgia at 7 p.m.
“We’re feeling pretty good right now,” head coach Curtis Snethen said after the win. “Georgia and South Carolina (the other two teams in North Carolina’s pool) are both big teams with some oversized players. We’re going to watch them this afternoon to see what match-up to go with tomorrow.”
With 12 pitchers on staff, Snethen has plenty of arms to choose from.
“If Georgia struggles against hard-throwing pitchers we’ll likely go with Adam McDowell, but if they have trouble with softer stuff we’ll put Marty Barrella on the mound,” Snethen said.
The top two teams in each of the two pools advance to Tuesday’s semifinal round.