YORK – Despite putting up 18 runs and 19 hits over two games in two days, the Nation Ford Falcons bats went silent Thursday in the championship of the York Spring Break Slugfest baseball tournament.
The Falcons fell 2-1 to South Pointe in the finals as they managed only two hits in the game and struggled in giving starter Taylor Sprinkle any run support.
Sprinkle pitched a complete game for the Falcons allowing six hits and walking one while striking out six as well. Sprinkle had just one inning where he struggled as South Pointe put up the majority of their offense in the second inning scoring both of their runs on three hits.
“We didn’t swing it as well,” said Nation Ford head coach Michael Lewis. “Taylor did a phenomenal job again. Hopefully, we can give him a game where we give him more than just one run of support.”
Nation Ford didn’t get their first hit of the game until the fifth inning as Miles Baker doubled in Jackson Brown, who was pinch running for Eric Yelton. In the sixth inning, the Falcons did threaten with two outs as Gabe Simmons walked and Aaron Pendergast singled, but Nation Ford left them both on base to end the inning.
Nation Ford beat host York 5-1 Wednesday to get to the championship game and opened the tournament by beating Andrew Jackson 13-8 Tuesday. The Falcons scattered 10 hits against York and nine against Andrew Jackson in the wins.
The Falcons are now 11-5 on the season overall and 4-2 in Region 3-5A play. Nation Ford was originally scheduled to play Clover next week as part of a three-game region series, but has a scheduling conflict regarding the series. Lewis said he was looking to finalize some games with other teams for next week.
Mac Banks: firstname.lastname@example.org, @fortprep