Bears calm Blue Tornado

By GARY OWNBEY
Posted 4/5/19

Bradley Central continued its winning ways and added a little revenge Thursday night, with a 6-1 win over McCallie at the Toby McKenzie Baseball Complex.The Blue Tornado had nipped the Bears 8-7 last …

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Bradley Central continued its winning ways and added a little revenge Thursday night, with a 6-1 win over McCallie at the Toby McKenzie Baseball Complex.

The Blue Tornado had nipped the Bears 8-7 last Saturday in the Scenic City Classic.

Bradley now gets a few days off before resuming District-5AAA play Monday as they host Ooltewah before visiting the Owl’s Nest Tuesday.

Behind the strong pitching of senior Dylan Standifer and a solid defense, the Bears picked up their 11th win in the past 13 games.

Senior Riley Black (.415 BA, .536 OBP) was behind the plate for the Bears (12-6) and not only caught a great game but aided the offense with three hits and a walk along with three runs batted in to up his season total to 19.

“I thought Riley caught a really good game and Dylan set the tone with solid pitching,” commented Bear Coach Travis Adams after the game.

“We emphasize working on our defense after district games and I thought tonight we were very good in the field. I thought we left some runs on the bases (9 LOB) that we couldn’t get home, but it was a very good win,” added Adams.

The Bears were charged with only one error on an infield grounder as the left side of the infield comprised of junior shortstop Ashton Simmons and senior third baseman Ryan Giovengo looked sharp fielding their positions.

Perhaps the best catch of the night was a sharply hit line drive in the first inning off the bat of McCallie DH Dane Beard that was snagged by senior centerfielder Caden Sherlin, as he laid out for the catch to end the inning with a runner in scoring position.

Standifer (1-1) would toe the rubber for six innings and give up the single run in the bottom of the fifth without a hit. The Lee University signee struck out six Blue Tornado hitters while giving up only three hits, walking two and only throwing 81 pitches in the process.

McCallie (4-8)  shortstop Daalen Adderly walked and proceeded to swipe two bases before scoring on an infield grounder by first baseman Kristopher Bowman in the fifth inning as the lone run for the visitors.

The Bears drew first blood in the initial inning when junior right fielder Tucker Still (.354, .551) walked and took second on a wild pitch. He then scored when Black picked up his first RBI of the night with a ringing single up the middle.

Standifer (.400, .569) continued to be a difficult out at the top of the order as he reached base three times with two walks and was nicked by a pitch. His courtesy runner, Aidan McClary, touched home in the third and fifth innings to extend the slim one-run lead to 3-0. Both of those runs came courtesy of hits by Black.

The Bears put the game away in the bottom of the sixth as Sherlin led off with a double and pinch-hitting junior Spencer Lewis collected a single. After Standifer was hit by a pitch to load the bases, walks to Black and Giovengo forced in the final two runs. 

Side-arming senior pitcher Jake Prock pitched the final inning with a perfect three men up and three men down, including a strikeout. 

“It wasn’t an easy win and they made us earn it but we stayed out of big innings with our defense and Dylan’s pitching. Now we’ll get a few days off before taking on Ooltewah in a couple of very important district games,” concluded Coach Adams. 

The Bears now stand alone in second-place in the district standings with a 5-1 record ahead of Ooltewah (10-8, 4-4), Cleveland  (8-5, 3-3) and Soddy-Daisy (9-7, 3-3).


Game Summary

Thursday evening

at McKenzie Baseball Complex

McCallie0000100 — 1 3 0

Bradley Central101022x — 6 5 1

WP: Dylan Standifer (1-1) 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 6 K's, 2 BB. LP: Belise (M) 3 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 4 Ks, 2 BB. 2B: Bowman (M); Caden Sherlin (BC). RBIs: Bowman (M); Riley Black 3, Ryan Giovengo, Ethan Lamberth, Jake Thompson (BC). LOB: WV 5; BC 9. Highlights: Bowman 2-3, RBI (M); Black 3-3, BB, 3 RBI; Sherlin 1-2, BB 2B, run; Spencer Lewis 1-1; Standifer 2 BB, HBP  (BC). Records: McCallie 4-8; Bradley Central 12-6.

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