Nash County’s Babe Ruth baseball U-14 squad rebounded from an opening day loss to even its record Thursday.
The U-14’s defeated Union County, 12-4, in its second game of pool play at the Babe Ruth Baseball Southeast Regional in Newton.
“Everybody from top to bottom contributed and hit the ball,” Nash County coach Lee Gold said. “They came out with a purpose. (Wednesday), after the loss, the guys went back to the hotel and talked and decided that they had to step it up and do a better job.”
Nash County’s opener Wednesday night resulted in a 5-2 loss to Key West (Fla.), which has won each of its first two pool games.
The contest, which was scheduled for 8 p.m., began under dark playing conditions, and Gold said his team did not make the necessary adjustments in the field or at the plate.
Thursday’s effort was much smoother.
The U-14’s play again at 7 tonight against McLean-Great Falls (Va.) in the third of its four pool contests.
If Nash County wins its remaining two games, it will earn one of two spots in its four-team pool and advance to Sunday’s knockout round.
Nash County was the regional runner-up last season at the tournament played in Johnson City, Tenn.
The winner of this year’s Southeast regional will advance to the World Series in Sarasota, Fla.
“We want to make it to the final four,” Gold said. “Single elimination is anybody’s game.”
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or jhnunery@ rmtelegram.com