Bulldogs bite Rebels with squeeze
Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:02 am
Gleason’s Austin Perry slides back to first safely as Huntingdon first baseman Jesse Allison awaits a pickoff attempt.
Gleason was still alive after Saturday’s action at the District 13A Tournament at Dresden.
The host Lions were not.
The Bulldogs defeated McKenzie 4-3 on Saturday evening in a do-or-die game.
Gleason had been dropped into the loser’s bracket after its 11-1 five-inning defeat to Huntingdon earlier on Saturday afternoon. As a result of the win, Gleason (12-12 after Saturday’s play) battled West Carroll on Monday in a loser’s bracket semifinal game on Monday evening.
That game was not complete as of press time.
Meanwhile, Dresden got knocked out on Saturday as it lost 8-5 to WC in a loser’s bracket game after falling 8-2 to Bruceton earlier in the day.
All totaled, the DHS baseball squad was guilty of nine errors during the two outings.
The Lions had defeated Clarksburg 7-5 in the opening round of the tournament on Friday afternoon.
In Friday’s opening round, the ’Dawgs downed West Carroll 3-0 in a home satellite site game at McKenzie.
“We picked a bad day to revert back to the way we played earlier in the season,” Dresden skipper Scott Killebrew said after Saturday’s defeats. “We started the season and it didn’t seem we could get anything to go our way, but turned the corner through this last stretch.
“It’s a tough way to end a season where we had high expectations coming in and I hope the younger kids will learn a lesson from it.”
The 13A Tournament is being played at Dresden’s Wilson Park.
Gleason 4, McKenzie 3
Gabe Lowrance was key in the Bulldogs’ slim victory
over the Rebels. He blasted a two-run homer and also also laid down a picture-perfect safety squeeze in the bottom of the sixth go help Gleason get the winning run.
“We let what happened against Huntingdon go and came into the McKenzie game eager to win,” Bulldog skipper Jason Stephens said. “They (McKenzie) scored three off of us really quick, but but we held them the rest of the way and Gabe came through big for us.
“We’re playing good baseball right now and I’m proud of my guys.”
Austin Sullivan was a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI during the win over the Rebels.
Sullivan, Thomas Fowler, Cole Verdell and Lowrance each scored one run.
On the mound, Conner Verdell went the distance and got the mound triumph.
Verdell struck out six and allowed just three hits.
McKenzie scored one run in the first inning and a pair in the second. Lowrance’s homer keyed Gleason’s three-run fourth.
The Bulldogs pushed the winning run across in the home half of the sixth.
W. Carroll 8, Dresden 5
Lion Gatlin Hatchel was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, while Matt Beaty finished 2-for-4 during the season-ending defeat.
Harris also had two hits, while Dale Hutcherson scored on two occasions.
Logan Thomas was the losing pitcher.
The game was the final in a Lion baseball jersey for Beaty, Daniel Harris.
Hunt. 11, Gleason 1
One run and one hit was all Gleason was able to muster against Mustang hurler Bam Melton early Saturday afternoon.
Austin Perry had said safety, while Thomas Fowler scored the lone Gleason run.
The Mustangs scored four times in both the first and second frames and added a single tally in the fifth and two more in the fourth to run-rule Gleason.
Lowrance — who lasted just a frame and walked four — was the losing pitcher, while Blake Taylor came on in relief and tossed three innings.
Bruceton 8, Dresden 2
Beaty was the lone Lion with a multi-hit game (2-for-3) and Thomas homered against the Tigers.
Additionally, Colin Kanehl and Mac Doran each had one hit for Dresden.
Kanehl was the losing pitcher. He tossed 32⁄3 frames and allowed just one hit. However, he walked seven and hit two batters.
Gleason 3, W. Carroll 0
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the first inning and never allowed the War Eagles on the board during the opening round pitcher’s duel.
Conner Verdell doubled and drove in two runs during a 2-for-3 outing, while Thomas Fowler chased one home and also had two hits in three plate appearances for the Bulldogs.
Verdell, Austin Perry and Zach Ivy each scored one run.
Hunter Morse also smacked a double for the victors’ team against Gleason alum Wade Maddox and his War Eagle baseball squad.
Fowler struck out five and went the distance to earn the mound triumph for the Bulldogs.
He allowed just two hits and walked none.
Dresden 7, Clarksburg 5
Beaty hit what turned out be his final high school home run against the Rockets.
Josh Bone also stood out for the Lions with two stolen bases and one run scored, while Hutcherson laid down a perfect squeeze play bunt to push the go-ahead run across.
Beaty, who came on in relief of Hatchel, was the winning pitcher.