The Augusta Orioles asked freshman Travis Erwin to take the mound Monday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader against the Circle Thunderbirds.




Erwin responded with a game more fitting a senior than one throwing in his first varsity game in leading the Orioles to a 13-2 victory over the T-Birds.


The Augusta Orioles asked freshman Travis Erwin to take the mound Monday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader against the Circle Thunderbirds.


Erwin responded with a game more fitting a senior than one throwing in his first varsity game in leading the Orioles to a 13-2 victory over the T-Birds.


“I was a little bit nervous; but not much,” Erwin said. “Once I got out there for the first inning, I got clamed down.”


Erwin struck out eight batters while allowing three hits and one walk in pitching a six-inning complete game. Neither run charged to the freshman was earned.


“He painted the outside corner and was ahead in the count on almost everyone he faced,” said Augusta baseball head coach Rick Hess. “He was in command from the first pitch all the way to the last inning. I don’t think I’ve ever had a freshman be in command in his first (varsity) game like the way he did.”


The Orioles (8-6, winners of six of their last seven games) shut out the T-Birds 9-0 to record the sweep in the doubleheader. Travis Holmes pitched five innings in the shutout to record the victory and Augusta pitching allowed only four hits in the second game.


“Travis Holmes went out there and started off right where Travis Erwin left off,”?Hess said. “He was in command of his pitches, as well.”


All of the pitchers received help from their teammates at the plate, as the Orioles were able to get good at-bats. Augusta hitters were able to either advance men on base or get hits with teammates in scoring position.


“The thing is not only did we hit the ball well; our two-strike hitting was outstanding,” Hess said. “Baseball doesn’t have to be hard as getting three hits in a row to score a run. You just need to do a job for the team like we did (Monday)."

Chris Cody had three runs batted in the first game with a third-inning single and fifth inning home run. Jacob Furr had two RBI singles, and Tyler Powers had a RBI single and knocked in a second run with a groundout in the sixth inning. Augusta completed the rout in the first game with seven runs in the sixth inning.


Powers had a bases-loaded double in the second inning of the nightcap to push the Orioles ahead. Powers was 4-for-7 with five RBIs in the doubleheader.
Augusta scored four more runs in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth off of a Circle error.

The Orioles return home to Wheeler Stadium for league doubleheaders Thursday against Andover and Saturday against Rose Hill. The start of the Andover doubleheader will be at 4:30 p.m.; while the Rose Hill doubleheader will start at 10 a.m.