Cards win in round one

Published 10:49 am Friday, April 25, 2008

Rollins, who is usually hitting the homeruns, drove in&bsp; four runs in Landrum&squo;s 11-1 victory over Tamassee-Salem on a walk and two singles.

The homerun damage came from somewhere else on Thursday.

The Cardinals struck early.

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In the first inning, Adam Pitts started the game with a single. Cardinal catcher Dustin Morris followed with a shot over the fence.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the second inning. Jared Corn hit the first of two singles and was followed by a walk to Daniel Jackson. Adam Pitts walked in his second trip to the plate.

With the bases loaded, Rollins hit a two-out single to drive in two more runs.

The Cardinal bats were quieted in the third inning, but the real damage came in the fourth. Jackson walked for the second time in the game.

And with two outs again, Rollins hit a single to bring Jackson home. Alex Wilson followed with a single.

Then on the first pitch, Thomas Howard sent a shot over the fence to drive in three runs and break the game wide open.

The Cardinals finished off the game in the fifth inning. Taylor Pate was hit in the head by a pitch to start the inning. On the next pitch, he stole second base. Corn hit his second single to drive Pate in.

Pitts reached on an error, scoring Corn. Morris was intentionally walked. Then Rollins showed patience and walked to score the game-winning RBI. He had a walk-off walk.

&dquo;We gotta get runs in,&dquo; Rollins said after the game. &dquo;I&squo;ll take them any way I can get them.&dquo;

On the flip side, Cardinal pitcher Wilson dominated.

His one shaky inning came in the second. Tamassee-Salem scored a run on three singles.

But after that, Wilson found his groove. Between the third, fourth and fifth innings, the junior struck out six batters in a row. He finished the game with 11 strikeouts.

&dquo;It feels good to set the tone,&dquo; Wilson said.

And that tone is set, Landrum head coach Travis Henson said. The Cardinals are in a groove and this start in the playoffs couldn&squo;t have been better, he said.

&dquo;It&squo;s good to be in the playoffs,&dquo; Henson said. &dquo;It&squo;s good to be at home. It&squo;s good we got the start we did tonight.&dquo;