DAVIDSON — Rockingham Pony coach Jeff Ingram went away from his strategy of playing small ball for one inning.
Ingram felt that may have cost his team a chance to pull out a win over Davidson Force its opening game in the South Region tournament in Davidson.
“I feel bad,” Ingram said. “I wish I had that one back.”
The host squad scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth to inch past Rockingham 4-3 Wednesday night.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the second and a runner on third, Ingram elected to not try for the squeeze bunt to get the runner home.
Instead, he was hoping for a big inning. It didn’t come as Rockingham lost its third one-run contest during its tournament play this summer.
“We played good defense, we made a some errors, but nothing that hurt us,” Ingram said. “Our pitching was good. We just couldn’t hit the ball. We had opportunities, we didn’t take advantage of them.
“I told the kids after the game, I didn’t think we came ready to play. We can’t do that.”
Davidson Force’s pitchers limited Rockingham to two hits on the night — one each by Tyler Blount and Chase Puckett. Davidson Force didn’t fare much better at the plate against Justin Ingram and Drew Loving, only recording five hits, but one was a two-run home run.
Rockingham will look to stay alive in the tournament when it returns to action 5:30 p.m. today against the loser of the High Point-Chesterfield game. High Point defeated the Davidson All-Star team in the opening game of the tournament Wednesday.
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