Walker splits double header to open season
by Johnathan Bentley
Feb 18, 2013 | 1832 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker baseball coach Pat Ware talks to players, from left, Quinton McCarty, Bryant Atkins and Stone Stephenson during Monday’s season opener vs. West Point at Valley Park. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker’s baseball team has just three seniors on the roster this season. Luckily for the Vikings one of them is Quinton McCarty.

McCarty had a banner day at the plate and Walker opened the 2013 season by splitting a double header with the West Point Warriors at Valley Park on Monday.

West Point rallied for a 7-4 win in the opener while Walker pounded out a 13-3, five-inning victory in the second game.

“We didn’t get hits in the first game. If we had gotten a few hits here and there, it would have been a different game,” Walker coach Pat Ware said. “Overall, I’m really satisfied, though. Our guys bounced right back and reacted in a positive way in the second game.

“It’s a long season and we’ve got a lot of new faces on the field. It’s good to get them out there and just turn them loose.”

McCarty finished 5-for-8 at the plate on the day with two runs, four RBIs and two stolen bases.

In the first game, Walker built a 4-3 lead going into the sixth inning, but West Point pushed across three runs in the sixth to take the lead for good.

For Walker, which left five men in scoring position, Bryant Atkins took the loss, allowing five hits and three runs in two innings of relief. Logan Nix started and went four innings, allowing three earned runs.

At the plate, McCarty was 2-for-4 with a stolen base. C.J. Robinson was 1-for-3 with a double.

In the second game, Maverick Bahrik earned the win, allowing two hits, one walk and three runs while striking out two in five innings.

McCarty was 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs, Stone Stephenson was 3-for-4 with a run and four RBIs, Atkins was 2-for-2 with four RBIs, Brooks Wade was 2-for-3 with two runs, John Michael Reed was 1-for-3 with three runs and three stolen bases and Logan Nix was 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

Walker scored two runs in both the second and third innings for a 4-0 lead. West Point struck for three runs in the top of the fifth to cut the gap to 4-3, but the Vikings responded with nine runs in the bottom of the inning.

“We will take the good things we did tonight and build off them,” Ware said. “We will take the negatives from tonight and learn from them.”

The Vikings (1-1) travel to Troy for a tournament beginning Thursday. Walker takes on Eufaula on Thursday. The team also faces Northridge, Providence and Charles Henderson.