Nation Ford leadoff hitter and third baseman Steven Johnson stands in the box to collect one of his three hits on the day as the Falcons beat 15-3 in high school baseball on Wednesday afternoon (Photo courtesy of Keith Cooke).

The Nation Ford Falcons’ baseball team felt like they had something to prove at Indian Land on Wednesday afternoon.

The Falcons lost their first game in the Prep Baseball Report Shipyard (Charleston) Showdown to the Warriors, 8-3. The Falcons were back in action ten days later again against the Warriors, and they were ready to show Indian Land what they didn’t show them in Charleston. Nation Ford jumped on Indian Land early with two runs and never looked back.

The Falcons started quick and finished quicker. Leadoff hitter, third baseman Steven Johnson, reached on an error. Player of the Year candidate shortstop Tyler Causey then doubled Johnson home, and the onslaught was on.

The Falcons scored twice in the inning, and that was all newcomer pitcher Magdiel Cotto needed. Cotto, a South Carolina commit, pitched four effective innings, scattering three hits and a walk while striking out five in his debut for Nation Ford. He allowed a run in the third, but that’s all the Warriors could muster against the hard throwing left hander.

The Falcons stayed in cruise control mode, scoring six runs over the second and third innings, and six more in the sixth inning to showcase the offense that everybody knew they had. Second baseman Xavier Cumbee hit a solo home run in the second inning and Johnson got three hits in the 13-hit attack.

Tyler Causey also had three hits and drove in two runs for the visiting Falcons. Catcher Chase Dougherty had three hits for the Warriors.

The Falcons improve to 3-2 on the young season, while Indian Land drops to 1-5. Nation Ford hosts the Carolina Royals (0-3) on Thursday evening at 6, while Indian Land hosts Fort Mill (6-0), a 14-3 winner over White Knoll on Wednesday, on Thursday afternoon at 5:30.

Jeffery Maidhof (1-0) is expected to take the mound for the Falcons.

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