Griffins offense soars against Columbia

 

Montavious Thompson squares around to make contact, and he made contact all night. Thompson ended the game with three hits.

COLUMBIA- The Griffins responded to a winless couple of weeks in a big way. They laid a 17-1 smack down on the Columbia Capitals Tuesday night, in a game that was called after just four innings.

“It’s always good to get a win,” Griffins’ head coach Scotty Dean said. “God I don’t think we won a game since two Tuesdays ago when we beat Richard Winn, and then we lost to Cardinal-Newman on Thursday, so I think we’re starting to play good baseball.”

Fairfield wasted no time getting going in this one. Montavious Thompson led-off the first inning with a double, and he ended the game 3-3 with the double, two singles and he also accounted for two of the Griffins’ runs.

After Thompson’s double, the Capitals gave up an error and three consecutive walks, and Thompson, along with Rodric Woodard, came into score. Tracy Williamson, grounded into what should have been a routine ground-ball, but instead a Capitals error led to three more Griffin first-inning runs, and they led 5-0 headed into the second inning.

Rodric Woodard picked up an RBI-single in the top of the second when he knocked in Thompson, and Antonio Jackson followed him with an RBI-single of his own. Jackson later came into score on a wild-pitch.

It did not help Columbia’s case that Antonio Jackson, the Griffins’ starting pitcher, was dealing. In his three innings of work he only allowed one hit, walked one and rung-up five Capital hitters.

Chris Simmons knocked in Fairfield’s only run in third inning, on a double that brought Tydarius Young around for the score. What little hope Columbia had heading into the fourth inning was dashed immediately.

“CJ Simmons hit the crap out of the ball,”Dean said. “Tre had a big hit with the bases loaded; Montavious had three hits, so I mean we’re hitting the baseball. We running the bases, I mean we just put it together a little bit better today than last Friday.”

Columbia walked the first two batters of the fourth, and Travious Williams, scored both of those batters on a deep single. That was followed by a walk, a Tydarius Young single and finally another walk which loaded the bases up for the third time in the game.

Chris Simmons, capitalized again, and picked up two more RBI’s for his collection. Eight batters into the inning Columbia recorded the first out, but before they could the Griffins had scored seven runs and they scored eight in total, during the top half of the fourth.

The Capitals put up a last inning desperation run via a Griffins’ wild pitch, but that was all of the fight that they had left. The win qualifies the Griffins for playoff baseball.

 

“That puts us in the playoffs,” Dean said. “We look to improve our seeding with the next couple games. That at least makes us the fourth seed I think. With a couple more wins we can split with somebody, Indian Land, we can still split with Camden; we can still split with Chester. Like I say man, just keep improving every time we go out, and I think we got a chance to be pretty good.”

FCHS: 5-3-1-8-17

CHS:   0-0-0-1-1

WP: Antonio Jackson LP: Jordan Puch

Hitters: FCHS- Montavious Thompson 3-3,2B. Rodric Woodard 1-2. Chris Simmons 2-3, 2 2B. Antonio Jackson 1-2. Travious Williams, 1-2. Jeff Russell, 1-1. CHS- Jordan Williams 1-1. Darren Weavers, 1-1. Skylar King, 1-2.