York, SC – Kingsmen Baseball split a doubleheader with the Lake Norman Copperheads last night in the team’s return to the states, nearing a comeback but falling just short in game one with a final score of 8-7 before completely dominating the Copperheads in game two with a final score of 19-0 at York Comprehensive High School. The doubleheader was the team’s first games in the SCBL since the ten-day mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Kingsmen fell behind early in game one, trailing 7-2 after just three innings. However, the team would show some life in the 5th inning, scoring four runs to pull back within a run. Both teams would score a run in the 6th inning. Luke Jenkins would draw a walk in the 7th as the tying run, but the Kingsmen would then go down in order to end the game one run down. Ben Roberts was charged with the loss. Game two proved to be a completely different story as starter Chas DeBruhl would completely dominate the Lake Norman lineup while the pitching staff of the Copperheads would struggle with their command. Kingsmen would score nineteen runs on ten hits, nine walks, and three errors. Meanwhile, DeBruhl was nearly untouchable as he recorded fourteen total strikeouts with ten of them in a row. All but one out was the result of a swinging strikeout. He recorded the win as the game would be called early due to the run rule.
Anthony Mitta put together a solid game two, going three for three at the plate with five RBIs, two doubles, and a walk. Sawyer Reeves also collected three hits throughout the day along with two runs scored. Kingsmen returns to action later today in a doubleheader on the road against Concord Athletics.