Black, Bears blank Mustangs

By JOE CANNON
Posted 4/1/19

Another masterful pitching performance combined with timely hitting gave Bradley Central Round 1 of the "County Conflict" with Walker Valley Monday at Mike Turner Field."Riley (Black) did a …

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Another masterful pitching performance combined with timely hitting gave Bradley Central Round 1 of the "County Conflict" with Walker Valley Monday at Mike Turner Field.

"Riley (Black) did a phenomenal job of keeping them (WV) at bay," praised veteran Bear head coach Travis Adams after the 10-0, run-rule victory. "Any time you can throw a one-hit shutout and then get the run support our offense provided, it's a good night."

The county rivals will battle again this evening at 7 at the McKenzie Baseball Complex to complete the District 5-AAA home-and-home format.

Bradley now stands at 10-6 on the season and is currently in second place in the district at 4-1.

The Bears are just a game behind district leader East Hamilton (14-2, 7-0) in the loss column in the league race. The Hurricanes downed Soddy-Daisy 6-3 Monday to drop the Trojans (9-6, 3-2) a game behind Bradley.

Running his streak to 17 innings without giving up an earned run, Black gave up a leadoff single to his opposite number, Ethan Hailey, but then got out 18 of the next 20 batters he faced.

The Lee University commit struck out five and needed just 74 pitches, 47 of which were in the strike zone, for the six-inning, complete-game effort. Black lowered his season ERA to 1.71 and his WHIP to 1.05. He has 27 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched.

The only other Mustang to reach base was Avery Gray with a two-out walk in the second, and he was hit by a pitch in the fifth frame.

"Hats off to Riley and the rest of our kids for doing a great job," declared Coach Adams. "It was a good team win — great pitching, really good hitting and no errors on defense.

"Coming in we knew Ethan (Hailey, the Mustang starter) is tough and it was a close game while he was in," the Bear skipper stated. "We were able to get some timely hits off him and then when he left (after four innings) our offense was able to open up more.

"We only got three hits off him (Hailey). After he left we got eight more in the final two innings and were able to extend the lead."

Hailey struck out 10, but also walked seven (two intentionally), pushing his four-inning pitch count to 96.

The only balls the junior lefty allowed to leave the infield were an RBI-double by Black off the right-center field wall in the opening inning and a run-scoring single by Lee signee Dylan Standifer in the fourth frame. Logan Weeks, who opened the fourth with a base on balls, scored on Standifer's hit. 

The only other hit Hailey allowed was a bunt single by Tucker Still before Black's wall-banger plated Standifer, who had walked, in the opening at bat. Still scored on a wild pitch a moment later.

After Hailey's exit, Bradley greeted the first of three Mustang relievers with four hits, plus a Bear reached on an error before he got the hook.

Weeks laced a two-run single and senior Freddy Johnson hit a gap-shot to left-center for a double to drive in a teammate.

Standifer said hello to the second 'Stang relief man with a two-run double that sliced down the right-field line.

Bradley picked up a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, when Johnson rattled the left-field fence for another double to drive in classmate Caden Sherlin, who had walked to open the at bat.

Standifer plated Johnson with his fourth RBI of the night. The senior leadoff hitter went 3-for-3 at the dish, plus drew a pair of walks, improving his season on base percentage to .547 and his batting average to .378. He now has 11 RBIs and has scored nine times.    

Black (.391 BA, .525 OBP) reached base four times with his two-bagger and a trio of free passes, two of which were intentional. Hitting for the cycle in Saturday's 16-4 win over Smith County, seven of his 18 hits this season have gone for extra bases, plus he has driven in 16 runs.

Johnson (.256, .312) went 2-for-3 with his pair of doubles, two runs scored and a couple of RBIs. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance a runner.

Weeks (.325, .460) added a free pass to his double, scoring twice and plating a pair of teammates.

Still (.372, .557) helped out with a couple of hits, while Sherlin (.333 OBP) got on with a hit and a walk, plus scored twice.

Senior DH Eli Wilson (.418 OBP) also reached base twice with a hit and walk,. completing the circuit once.

"We did a good job of hitting up and down our lineup. We got some good hits from the bottom end with Freddy (Johnson) getting two RBI-doubles and Logan (Weeks) getting on base twice and driving in a couple.

"Dylan (Standifer) got on base five times, which is what you want from your leadoff hitter. Riley helped his own cause by getting on base four times.

"Now we have to turn around and do it again tomorrow night (tonight)," Adams proclaimed. 


Game Summary

District 5-AAA

Monday evening

at Mike Turner Field

Bradley Central200152x — 10 11 0

Walker Valley000000x —  0  1 1

WP: Riley Black (3-1) 6 IP, 1 hit, 0 ER, 5 K's, 1 BB, 1 HBP. LP: Ethan Hailey 4 IP, 3 hits, 3 ER, 10 K's, 7 BB. 2B: Freddy Johnson 2, Dylan Standifer, Black (BC). RBIs: Standifer 4, Johnson 2, Logan Weeks 2, Black (BC). LOB: BC 11; WV 3. Highlights: Standifer 3-3, 2 BB, 2B, 4 RBIs, 1 run; Johnson 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 run; Black 1-2, 3 BB, 2B, RBI; Tucker Still 2-5, run; Logan Weeks 1-3, BB, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Eli Wilson 1-3, BB, run (BC); Hailey 1-2; Avery Gray BB, HBP (WV). Records: Bradley Central 10-6, 4-1 District 5-AAA; Walker Valley 3-9, 0-7 District 5-AAA.

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