Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Providence wins SW4A baseball championship over Myers Park

Providence’s Ty Buttrey spent 52/3 five innings and two outs pitching to catcher Brett Austin, but the most important throw he made to Austin came from right field.

With Myers Park trailing by two down 6-4 at the plate and trailing by two down 6-4, runners on second and third and two outs in the final inning, Grant Goodson hit a ground ball between first and second base and into right field. Tony Folsom scored from third and Noel Baker – the tying run – rounded third and headed for home.

Buttrey scooped up the ground ball and threw one more strike, for Providence and Austin tagged out Baker to save give the Panthers’ a 6-5 win and their second straight Southwestern 4A tournament championship. Providence was also the regular season champion.

“I was hoping he could just give me something I could handle,” said Austin. “He did it. He … closed it and saved the game for us.”

Regular-season champion Providence (23-2, 13-1 SW4A), the conference’s regular-season champion, went ahead took control early in the game with Austin scoring on a bases-loaded walk and Jake Fincher scoring on a sacrifice fly by Andrew MacLatchie in the first inning.

The Panthers added two more runs in the second to take a 4-0 lead.

Buttrey was strong on the mound early for Providence, giving up just two hits over in the first three innings. Myers Park’s pitching struggled with starter Charlie Gordon lasted only lasting one inning, and giving up three runs. Matt Hedberg pitched the next four innings, allowing four hits and three runs.

The Mustangs Myers Park (11-15, 5-9 SW4A) finally scored in the fourth inning with when a two-out rally, led to an RBI single double by Noel Baker. Providence answered in the bottom half of the inning with a sacrifice fly by Austin that scored Xander Maddox, making it 5-1 after four.

Another two-out rally in the sixth gave the Mustangs their second run when an error by Providence’s Adam Fishel allowed Folsom to score.

Down 6-2 going into the top of the final inning, Myers Park tried to mount one more rally. Tyler Powell hit a solo homer to make it 6-3 before then singles by Ross Groome and Folsom set up the final play.

A win would have given Myers Park, which who finished seventh in the conference, a berth in the state playoffs. The Mustangs had upset Ardrey Kell and South Mecklenburg in the earlier rounds of the conference tournament.

“The team really fought. They showed their character,” said Myers Park coach John Spencer. “We were down early?… but we turned it on and played hard and gave ourselves a chance to win.”
The Panthers earned the top seed from the conference heading into the state tournament, which will starts Friday.

“It’s about playing well at the right time and we played well in this tournament and we’ve got to keep it going,” said Panthers coach Danny Hignight.

Myers Park     000     101     3    –    5     12     3
Providence    220     110     x    –    6      5     2

WP–Ty Buttrey. LP–Charlie Gordon. Sv–Jackson Campana. HR–MP: Tyler Powell.


Tim Collie said...

glad to see Providence still #1 after 20 yrs. Congrats from 1991 team (first SW4a title)

Anonymous said...

This providence team is dangerous at many levels. You never know who will step up and win the game. Coach Hignight is the glue and drives for perfection.

Anonymous said...

Providence is bushleague.
Sorry they won. Myers Park is a lot of class and guts. It is a shame they lost

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