Thomasville Times Enterprise

April 7, 2014

TU blasts three homeruns to secure weekend sweep

Daniel Kramer
Times-Enterprise

THOMASVILLE —

Thomas broke out the bats – and brooms – in its weekend sweep of Edward Waters.

The Night Hawks accounted for 21 runs on 27 hits in their victory trifecta, and inched their team batting average to .293, just seven points shy of their midseason goal.

Thomas fell behind, 2-0, early on Sunday, but claimed an unrelinquishing with a series of homruns in the second, third and fifth innings.

Chris Sims pelted a three-run bomb in the second, clean-up batter Josh Bruijn followed with a two-run shot an inning later – his fourth of the year –  and Brandon Singer, arguably the series MVP with four hits and five RBIs, notched a two-run homerun in the fifth.

The Night Hawks cruised to a 9-3 victory after padding a pair of runs in the seventh and ninth.

“We did a good job when we needed to, but we don’t want to get caught up in the number of homeruns,” TU coach Mike Lee said. “You try to take advantages of mistakes when you can, but you don’t want to make that our first mission at the plate. You do that, and you’re setting up for failure.”

Justin Hicks, the emerging No. 3 starter, earned the win from the mound with a 5.2 inning performance. Kristofer Lee pitched 2.1 inning while allowing no runs, and Jordan Sopotnick capped the final inning.

Thomas (23-16, 14-7) has now won six of its last seven as it eyes the dogleg of the season with just nine games remaining before the Sun Conference Tournament, which begins May 2 in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Night Hawks fell to the fourth seed with St. Thomas and Southeastern’s wins this weekend, but could climb the Sun Conference standings with two more series against league foes – both of which will be played at home.

Thomas needs just one conference win to secure its berth, though no team with as many wins as the Night Hawks currently have has ever not qualified.

“Lightning would have to strike six times for those mid-tier teams [in the standings],” Lee said.

Tuesday’s non-conference road tilt with Auburn-Montgomery has been canceled due to heavy rain in the Alabama area.

The Night Hawks resume play next weekend against Warner.