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|Linder's fastball gives Winnsboro edge|
The Winnsboro All-Star baseball team will continue play in the district tournament this week after an exciting 7-6 win over the Mangham All-Star squad.
The Winnsboro squad jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead and held that advantage until the fifth inning when Cole Linder ripped a fastball over the wall for a two-run home run. The long ball gave Winnsboro a 5-1 lead that would grow to 7-3 going into the final inning.
"At that time, it put a little cushion behind us," Winnsboro All-Star head coach Ryan Ellington said. "Which we needed because in the last inning we struggled to throw strikes a little bit."
In the seventh inning, the Mangham bats came alive and pushed the Winnsboro team against the wall. A string of hits cut the lead to 7-6 with the tying run on base when Dalton Matthews made a leaping grab in left field followed by a great diving stop from shortstop Brandon Chapman that preserved the victory for Winnsboro.
While the victory put the local squad in a position to advance to the Regional tournament, their is still much work to be done.
"We left 11 runners on base against Mangham," Ellington said. "We have to improve in that area."
The first-place team in the tournament advances to the regional tournament in Monroe while the second-place team will go on to play at a tournament in New Orleans.
The solid pitching of the Winnsboro team has been the rock the team has depended on at times to get them through against good competition.
"We have five good kids that can pitch," Ellington said. "We don't have that one dominating pitcher but we have five good ones. We have to continue to move runners when we get them on base."