Flora Falcons hold off T-wolves

ainelson@thestate.comApril 2, 2013 

After squandering a two-run, first-inning lead, the A.C. Flora Falcons powered back to a 14-4 win against White Knoll in the Forest Acres Classic on Tuesday.

Donald Gillespie, Schroder Carlton and Everett Eynon led the Falcons’ offense as they posted 16 hits.

“They found the barrel all night,” A.C. Flora coach Andy Hallett said.

Batting second, Eynon got the Falcons off to a strong offensive start, smashing a single into center. Madison Stokes followed with a double to the same spot, and Schroder Carlton hit a line drive down the third-base line to bring them both home.

But in the bottom of the inning, pitcher Matt Wallace and the Falcons’ defense gave up two runs on no hits.

Wallace walked three to load the bases with one out. White Knoll’s Wesley Williams got on base after a Falcons’ error, forcing in a run. Taylor Grubbs then was hit by a pitch to send in the tying run. But that was all the Timberwolves could muster as they left the bases full.

“We walked too many guys,” Hallett said. “You can’t put guys on for free.”

Despite the Falcons’ trouble on the mound, White Knoll could not get its bats going.

When A.C. Flora fired up its offense in the third inning, the Falcons left White Knoll behind.

After a walk forced in a run, sophomore catcher Donald Gillespie broke the game open with a two-run double to right.

The Falcons closed the inning with five runs on five hits.

White Knoll put up two runs in the bottom of the third as pitcher Brandon Tillman posted an RBI triple, then scored on a wild pitch. Williams then doubled before Stephen Estep loaded the bases with a single, but the Falcons stopped White Knoll there and did not give up a hit in the final two innings.

“We just weren’t able to keep pace with them,” Timberwolves coach Brooks Shumate said. “We don’t have the same kind of hitting game that we’ve had in the past few years, and also it was not our best play.”

The Forest Acres Classic continues at A.C. Flora through Friday.

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