CURRITUCK, N.C. — Into the fifth inning, the first game of Salamanca’s spring varsity baseball trip looked impressive for the Warriors.
The Warriors only trailed 2-0 through four innings against Currituck County, a strong North Carolina team. But Currituck County scored seven runs in the fifth to break the game open and went on to win, 9-0.
Currituck used five different pitchers to hold Salamanca to one hit and scored its nine runs on eight hits, four walks and four errors.
Lucas McKenna marked Salamanca’s lone hit. He also started the game on the mound, holding Currituck to two runs, one earned, over four innings, striking out four and walking two. Andrew Colburn struck out three and walked two over the fifth and sixth.
"Their coach, Brad Reynolds, he told me they had not played past the mercy rule in their past eight games," said Salamanca coach Mike "Smitty" Smith. "The wheels just fell off in the bottom of the fifth. We had an error in the infield, we threw the ball around a little bit, we had two hit by pitch. Anything that could go wrong did in the bottom of the fifth, but we battled. A 2-0 game against a school of that caliber through five innings is a pretty good accomplishment."
The Warriors practiced on Sunday at Manteo High School and played on Currituck's field on Monday.
"The field we played on was voted the No. 1 playing surface in the state of North Carolina for the second year in a row now. Just a beautiful complex, just an incredible complex. We practiced at Manteo yesterday, their amenities are better. Their press box and their bleachers, they actually have a clubhouse, a baseball-only clubhouse that the players take care of. You come through the door and it says, 'The team comes first or turn around.' Just an incredible complex. But the surface, the playing field today at Currituck County was like take your breath away beautiful.
"The kids are impressed, looking forward to the new facilities in Salamanca. Take your breath away beautiful. They've been model citizens. We have 28 people in a house with 14 boys, three chaperones and some families. They're all sitting in the dining room eating. It's kind of neat. They're all getting along. Outstanding team-building experience, they'll all be friends for life."
Salamanca has two doubleheaders on the schedule, facing First Flight on Wednesday in Kitty Hawk, and Manteo on Friday.
"We're touring the Wright Brothers Museum (on Tuesday), and then the two teams we're playing, First Flight and Manteo, play each other so we're going to go watch them play," Smith said.