ROCKINGHAM — Before the Pony League East Zone Mustang tournament started, Rockingham coach Danny Lampley hoped his team would stay competitive in its games.
On Tuesday it did more than that.
Rockingham pulled out a 12-9 victory over West Raleigh White Tuesday night at Browder Park. In the other opening game, West Raleigh Red edged Huntersville 5-4.
Rockingham was scheduled to face Western Branch in the nightcap, but rain forced officials to postpone that contest. Rockingham and Western Branch will now square off at 5 p.m. today, while Huntersville and West Raleigh White will also hit the field at the same time in an elimination game.
The winner of the Rockingham-Western Branch clash will take on West Raleigh Red at 7 p.m. The loser will battle the victor of the Huntersville-West Raleigh White game at 7 p.m. in another elimination contest.
Lampley said his team seemingly had the contest well in hand when things got interesting.
“We were up 12-2 and feeling good about things,” Lampley said.
In an effort to allow his ace Cameron Way to pitch Wednesday if needed, Lampley pulled him after three innings. In addition to picking up the pitching victory, Way added a home run.
“Cameron has been our workhorse all year,” Lampley said.
After Way was removed from the mound is when West Raleigh White began to chip away at Rockingham’s big advantage.
Lampley was forced to use three more pitchers to finally silence West Raleigh White’s bats and hold on for the win.
“They hit the ball some and we made some errors,” Lampley said about the comeback. “I’m happy with the win. I want to win everytime I stepped out on the field. I know there are some good teams here, I just want to be competitive.”
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