Legion Blows Lead; Then Rallies

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 6, 2013

By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record

There have been some wild and crazy moments in the 32-year history of Mocksville Legion baseball, and Sunday night’s game at Rich Park will take its place as one of the wildest.
Mocksville blew an 8-1 lead. It allowed 11 unanswered runs. But it found a way to pull out a 14-12 decision over Winston-Salem.
“We didn’t give up,” coach Charles Kurfees said after Mocksville improved to 2-5. “That’s one good thing about it.”
Earlier in the day against Burlington, Mocksville was absolutely woeful in a 14-2 defeat. Sunday’s games were scheduled for seven innings instead of nine, but this one only went four and a half because of the mercy rule.
“We played a good game against Rowan (in a 3-2 loss the night before), and then we came out against Burlington and stunk it up,” Kurfees said. “I mean we did nothing (positive) in that game.”
Tanner Mathis had two of Mocksville’s five hits.
Burlington feasted on two of Mocksville’s three arms. Dustin White, the third pitcher, did manage to toss a hitless fifth in his one inning of work.
Mocksville was down 14-0 in the fifth. Drew Weibley’s two-out, two-run double prevented the shutout.
“We don’t have a lot of Legion experience on this team,” he said. “We’ve got some decent players, but they’re not used to playing nine innings and the grind.
“I think we got their attention after the game. We said: ‘Hey look, we’ve got to step it up.’ Because we’re going to play good teams day in and day out.”
The game between Winston-Salem and Mocksville was a roller coaster …