Bishops’ season ends after seventh-inning collapse

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bishop England’s season ended Wednesday with a seventh-inning collapse. FRANKIE MANSFIELD

With Bishop England leading 2-0 with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, the Bishops’ baseball season ended with a thud.

Instead of advancing to the AA Lower State championship against Loris on Friday, the defending Lower State AA champions are looking ahead to next season.

Visiting Wade Hampton scored seven runs in the seventh inning and grabbed a 7-2 victory at Father Kelly Field. The Red Devils will play at Loris on Friday.

“We played those guys on Saturday and left 10 runners on base,” said Bishop England coach Mike Darnell. “We played Loris on Monday and had a really bad inning that cost us. We’ve had those all year long. For a stretch of about two weeks, leading up to Monday night, that team had gone away and we had been playing Bishop England baseball. Unfortunately, that team that we saw a lot during the season came back. We simply did not get it done tonight.”

Bishop England held a 2-0 advantage despite managing only one hit. Wade Hampton committed five errors, giving the Bishops several chances to widen the lead.

Bishop England swiped seven bases in the game, including Reed Fosberry’s steal of home to give the Bishops a 1-0 lead in the third inning.

The Bishops added a run in the sixth, aided by two errors, two stolen bases and a passed ball.

Wade Hampton loaded the bases in the seventh with no outs, but Bishops starter Ryan McManus struck out Eric Mulligan on a 3-2 pitch and Devin Freeman was caught halfway between home and third, thinking the pitch was ball four.

With two outs and two on, Carlton Bowers reached on an error and Rogan Gibson walked.

Buster Murdaugh delivered a two-run single to give Wade Hampton a 4-3 lead. Later, Wade Hampton scored two runs on third strikes that escaped Bishop England catcher Chandler Sambets, and another run scored on a failed pickoff attempt at first.

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