Lander falls to Newberry, 4-3, in 12 innings

Lander falls to Newberry, 4-3, in 12 innings

GREENWOOD – The Lander baseball team held a lead in the ninth inning, but could not stave off a Newberry rally as the Wolves erased a three-run deficit over the final five innings of regulation before earning a 4-3 win in 12 innings on Wednesday night at Dolny Stadium.

Lander (4-4) outhit Newberry (4-4) 11-9 on the night, but managed just four hits over the final 7.2 innings. 

Bailey Connell led off the bottom of the first with a single, then stole second and advanced to third on a balk before Nathan Schreckengost doubled off the right-centerfield wall to put the Bearcats up 1-0. 

Lander worked a two-out rally in the fourth inning as Carson Jone singled and Ward Betts walked. Josh Gregory delivered an RBI single to bring Jones home and Connell followed with a single that dropped into centerfield, plating Betts and pushing the Bearcats' lead to 3-0. 

Newberry answered with a run in the top of the fifth and threatened to pull ahead in the top of the seventh after loading the bases with one out. Fraser Ellard came out of the bullpen and walked the first batter he faced to make the score 3-2, but responded with back-to-back strikeouts to keep Lander in front. 

The Wolves tied the game in the top of the ninth on a two-out RBI single from Danton Hyman and put runners on first and second with two outs before Marshall Thompson recorded a strikeout to end the threat. Lander went down in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. 

With one out in the top of the 12th, Newberry's Tyler White doubled off the wall in right-centerfield and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Braylin Marine then gave the Wolves the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to drive in White. 

Robbie Hoyt (0-1) allowed one run on two hits in 3.0 innings of relief to take the loss for Lander, while Quinton Driggers (2-0) tossed four shutout innings with six strikeouts out of the bullpen to pick up the win for Newberry.

Lander opens up Peach Belt Conference play on Friday with a 5:00 p.m. matchup against Young Harris at Dolny Stadium.