TAYLORSVILLE Taylorsville first baseman Jordan Holdaway had to wait quite a while to pick up his first base hit of the season.
But his timing couldn't have been better.
Holdaway had the game-winningc hit a two-run single in the fifth to lift the Warriors to an 8-4 victory over Skyline on Friday afternoon. The win gave Taylorsville a three-game sweep over the Eagles, and a 5-1 record in Region 2. Skyline dropped to 3-3.
Holdaway's single was his first hit of the season, and as coach Guy Mackay joked after the game, he actually has a batting average now. Holdaway said he never really got frustrated during his hitless streak, because he was hitting the ball hard, but just not finding any holes.
"It was kind of a good hit to start on,' Holdaway said.
The Warriors will say the hit was better than "kind of good' because it rescued them from what could have been another disappointing loss. The game was going at an eerily similar pattern for Taylorsville as its 10-7 loss to Brighton last week. The Warriors started fast, but then made some critical errors in the field to let the Eagles back in the game.
Skyline's Deyshawn Chapman-Barnes sparked the Eagles' offense with a single in the third inning. From there, the Warriors committed three errors to allow Skyline to tie the game at 4-4.
Taylorsville, however, put things together after the third. The Warriors didn't commit any errors in the final four innings, and pitcher Will Draper kept Skyline's offense in check. Draper allowed just four hits in the game and had eight strikeouts. Chapman-Barnes had two of Skyline's hits.
Mackay wasn't completely pleased with his team's win, but he was encouraged by the progress it made this week. The Warriors committed six errors in their series finale against Brighton last week. They stopped short of that number against Skyline.
To be fair to the Warriors, though, they have had to deal with some key injuries this season. Josh Bair, the team's only left-handed pitcher, hasn't played yet because of an injury he suffered in basketball season. Catcher Ty Boswell broke his leg during the team's trip to California for a preseason tournament.
Both players hope to be back in time for the state tournament.
"We're just hanging in there right now," Mackay said. "We're trying to get a little more consistent. That was the goal of the week."On Friday, Tim Lesuma had three hits and two RBIs for Taylorsville. Jeff Pratt had two hits and two RBIs, Zane Pulver had two hits, and Draper helped himself out with three hits.