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Whiteville hammers West Brunswick

A West Brunswick runner slides safely into second base during the Trojans' game against Whiteville at West Brunswick on Thursday, April 11, 2013.. (Photo by Alan Cradick)

SHALLOTTE | When Whiteville beat West Brunswick 11-3 back on March 12, Whiteville head coach Brett Harwood would’ve bet his team wouldn’t score that many runs on the Trojans again.

Good thing he doesn’t gamble, because he would’ve lost some money Thursday night as the Wolfpack crushed the Trojans 14-2 in a big Waccamaw Conference baseball matchup.

“That goes to show you what I know,” joked Harwood after the game. “It was just one of those games. We got the right guys at the plate at the right time, and they delivered.”

The Wolfpack (15-1) jumped all over the Trojans early with back-to-back solo home runs in the first inning by seniors Nathan Hood and Ben Connor to take a 2-0 lead. After West Brunswick cut the lead to 2-1, the Wolfpack answered with three more in the second, including a two-run single by Hood to make it 5-1.

“Nate and Ben getting us going with the two home runs in the first was big,” Harwood said. “Our young guys kept battling and had nice at bats. I thought it was a gutsy effort by our team.

“Our older kids are really good leaders, and we’ve been fortunate to get those guys to the plate and they delivered. We don’t have a lot of them but the ones we have are really good for us. Ben (Connor) doesn’t get a lot of credit, but he does an excellent job.”

Along with going 2-for-5 from the plate with three RBIs, Hood also had a stellar game on the mound, pitching six innings while giving up just two hits to earn the victory. For the Trojans, Landon Tilley picked up the loss despite striking out nine batters in four innings.

After adding two more runs in the fourth inning to increase their lead to 7-1, the Wolfpack exploded with four runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to make it 14-2.

Despite two convincing wins over West Brunswick (12-4), Harwood still doesn’t buy into his team being the team to beat in the conference.

“I think we just take it one game at a time and play the opponent that we have,” Harwood said. “Other people may look at it like that, but we don’t. We just go about our business and do what we do.”