NWE, PCI split games

Published 12:06 pm Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Northwest Escambia was 1-for-2 in games over the last week.

Northwest Escambia and Poarch Creek Indians were up and down in Babe Ruth action this week as NWE won a comfortable victory over PCI before dropping a close game in a rematch Monday night.

Rydar Gifford and Zack Holland led NWE in scoring with two runs each in their 9-5 victory over PCI Tuesday, June 5 in Atmore.

Gifford lead the team with the first run of the night, followed by first inning scores from Chris Brown and Matt Lee. Gifford found home plate again in the second inning and was joined in scoring by Holland and Nathan Barnes, giving NWE a 6-0 lead over Poarch heading into the third inning.

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Tyler Sells notched the first of two scores on the night for Poarch in the third inning, finally getting his team on the board. Chris Faye also crossed home plate in the third, closing the gap for PCI to 6-2.

NWE responded offensively in the third inning, notching scores from Ben Preston, Devin Stabler and a second run from Holland.

PCI also continued to add to their score, adding 3 fourth inning runs, including 1 run from Dakota Barlow and a second score from both Sells and Faye. Despite the late-game success, PCI would not find quite enough points in the match up, falling 9-5 to NWE.

PCI hit the field looking for revenge in a rematch game with NWE Monday night. Gifford started out strong for NWE once again with a run in the first inning, but scores from Barlow, Brett Gorum, Trey McGhee and Nathan Williams gave PCI the 3-point edge heading into the second inning.

NWE added 3 points to their score in the second with runs from Barnes, Austin Wiggins and Jacob Dunford, but PCI once again stayed close with a second run from both Gorum and McGhee, leaving the score at 6-4 in favor of PCI after two innings of play.

Third inning action saw an impressive offensive effort from both teams as each squad added three runs. Brown, Lee and Barnes found home plate for NWE, while Barlow, Corey Bailey and Nick Shiver added points for PCI.

Each team stood strong defensively in the fourth and fifth innings keeping runners far from home plate and closing out the game with PCI knocking of NWE in a close 9-7 victory.

NWE will be back in action Thursday night, taking on Carney Lodge at 5:30 p.m. at Bradberry Park in Walnut Hill, Fla.

PCI will see action Friday night at 7:30 p.m. versus Atmore Utilities Board in Poarch.