Patrick Obley Staff writer @fo_pmo

Jack Britt coach Chris Dague easily identified the key to Thursday night’s Mid-South conference tournament championship game at Cape Fear.

“The story of tonight’s game was just abysmal defense in the second inning,” he said. “A lack of focus, a lack of concentration.”

Two fielder’s choices that failed to record an out keyed a seven-run Cape Fear outburst that handed ace Gavin Williams all the support he needed in a 7-3 Colts victory against the Bucs.

“They gave us some opportunities right there and we were fortunate to come through,” Cape Fear coach Wendell Smith said.

The Colts (16-4) sent 10 batters to the plate during the decisive second inning. Ryan Johnson started things with a one-out infield single. Taylon Hope followed with a slow roller to second that led to a late throw to get the lead runner. Kyshawn McLean delivered a single to score Johnson, then John Robert MacNaught was beaned to load the bases.

With the infield in to make a play at the plate, Jay Stephens hit a slow roller to Jack Britt first baseman Brennen Herbert. He looked to first, but thinking he couldn’t make the play there, Herbert tried unsuccessfully to get Hope at home.

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