April 30, 2014 — The East Carter Raiders won their fourth straight game this past Saturday, defeating both Magoffin County and Rowan County in the Big Jack Classic in Grayson.
Raider freshman Andrew Sharp went 3-for-3 against Rowan, driving in three runs as the Raiders beat the Vikings, 4-3, handing them their first loss inside the 16th Region this season.
“Andrew has really come into his own in the past couple of weeks,” Coach Jeremiah Shearer said. “We knew how talented he was and he had some growing pains which is typical for any freshman. He’s really solidified our defense at third base and he is smacking the cover off the ball.
“If we can get that continued production in the six or seven spot in our lineup, then we feel pretty good about it.”
As good as he was offensively, sophomore pitcher Austin Floyd was just as good on the mound, giving up eight hits and striking out five in a complete game effort.
“We got a great performance out of Austin,” Shearer said. “He was finding the zone well and getting Rowan’s hitters off balance. We feel like he along with Jordan Walburn and our other pitchers are putting it together for us.”
After giving up a leadoff homerun to Rowan’s Tyler Thacker in the second inning, Floyd settled down, retiring eight of the next 11 batters he faced. Alex Wells got an RBI ground out in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game back up.
Sharp then went to work in the bottom of the third, getting an RBI single in the third inning to score Jesse James.
Rowan County would take a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth on a Cameron Planck double. But Sharp would collect his third hit of the day, a double to center to score two more runs.