Friday, May 23, 2008

Recapping Game 1's in Thursday's prep baseball semifinals

- Ardrey Kell left-hander Alex Wood was the difference in the 5-2 home victory against Providence in 4A. His calm, and pitch location to escape a bases-loaded, no-outs situation with a 4-2 lead in the sixth gave the Knights a huge advantage.

With both teams’ top pitchers working Tuesday and Wednesday, depth will play a key role in Game 2 (Friday) and a potential Game 3 (Saturday).
Ardrey Kell’s options Friday are Ryan Butler (5-0), Andrew Miller (3-1) or Blake Parsley (3-0, two saves).

Providence, which had an extra day’s rest before the series, might use a combination of Richie Shaffer, Will Helms or Alex Askey. The Panthers must win, so look for everyone to be ready.

- In 3A, Belmont South Point’s Zach Horne pitched an eight-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 victory in the opener against East Rowan, and ended its 22-game winning streak.

Horne (10-3), a senior left-hander, struck out 10 and walked two. Weston Lawing, a sophomore, drove in the run with a single in the bottom of the eighth. Game 2 is Friday at East Rowan.

- In 2A, visiting East Rutherford won 7-2 at Leford, despite having four hits. The Cavaliers took advantage of five errors, and the pitching of left-hander Seth Baldwin, who struck out 11. Outfielder Michael Milam was 2-for-2 and scored three runs for East Rutherford, the defending 2A champion.

- In 1A, Cherryville crushed visiting South Stokes 14-4 in six innings (the 10-run mercy rule is enforced after five innings). The Ironmen pounded 12 hits, including three by Seth Freeman, and home runs by Tyler Buff and Colton Ballard.

-Cliff Mehrtens


Anonymous said...

Okay, Ardrey Kell won the first game, and the picture you put on your website and in the paper is of Providence? "Luuuucy, you got some 'splainin to do!"