Heritage 12, Knightdale 3
by Marty Simpkins
WAKE FOREST — With a 15-14 win over Holly Springs at home and a 12-3 blowout at Knightdale, the Heritage Huskies baseball team doesn’t have to worry about their hitting this season.
In their first game of the season, against Holly Springs, Saturday, Heritage jumped out to a 13-5 lead by the fifth inning.
Then, after some walks and poor pitching, the Golden Eagles began to claw their way back into the game. They took a 14-13 lead at the top of the sixth.
Trailing at the bottom of the sixth, senior Justin Kunz stepped up to the plate for the Huskies and launched a two-run home run to get the lead back for Heritage at 15-14.
In the next inning, Joe Procopio sealed the 15-14 win for the Huskies on the mound, striking out Holly Springs’ batters.
“Being a veteran team, I thought we handled it very well and never panicked,” coach Tony Piercy said. “Once we got to the plate in the sixth, the guys were composed and never allowed the moment to be bigger than it was. They just stuck with the process and our philosophy of playing hard for 21 outs.”
Caleb Coyle was named most valuable player of the game for Heritage. The senior went five for five with a double, a home run, four RBI’s and four runs scored. Coyle will be attending Wake Tech next year.
Kunz finished the night with the home run, a double, three RBI’s and three runs scored. He will attend Gardner Webb next year.
Strong bats at Knightdale
In their first road game of the season, Heritage won 12-3 at Knightdale,
Senior pitcher Ryan Pifer was credited with the win, pitching four innings while only allowing one hit and one walk. He will take his talent to Barton College next year.
It was also a game for Piercy to see his team’s depth this season. There were a total of 18 players that contributed to the win at Knightdale.
The Huskies are now 2-0 and their first conference match will be at Leesville Road Friday at 4:30 p.m.