In a rematch of two solid Greers Ferry Lake Area baseball teams, Rose Bud right-handed pitchers Hunter Bell and Andrew Adcock caged the Eagles, only allowing three hits as the Ramblers lassoed a 3-2 victory on Tuesday in Greers Ferry.
“I thought we played pretty solid,” said Rose Bud Coach Scott Moore, whose team beat West Side 12-4 early in the season. “We were a little shaky there in the first inning but we settled in and our pitching was solid after that. Our defense was solid and West Side's pitchers pitched a great game, they played good defense. It was just a good high school baseball game.”
Bell picked up the win on the mound, tossing five innings while striking out five and giving up three hits and one earned run. With Rose Bud clinging to a one-run lead entering the sixth inning, Adcock picked up the save by hurling two hitless frames while only allowing two base runners ¬ both by walk.
“My pitchers did a good job,” said Moore. “It was just a solid performance. You've got to give it to West Side. They did the same thing. Coach [Shane] Davis always has his team prepared and ready to go. They are very well coached.”
Tied at 2-2 entering the top of the fifth, Rose Bud (8-7) scored the go-ahead run when leadoff hitter Skyler Baker reached on an error and instinctively hustled around to third on a hit-and-run groundout to shortstop off the bat of Bell.
Moments later Baker scored on a wild pitch as the Ramblers took their first lead at 3-2, which held up behind strong pitching and defense. “I moved him [Baker] to leadoff today and he really responded,” said Moore.
West Side starting pitcher Tyler Cowley, who tossed five innings, scattering four hits and three walks while striking out three, received some early run support in the bottom of the first inning when the Eagles posted two runs on three hits.
Bryce Hipp reached on an error to lead off the first frame and he advanced to second on a hit-and-run groundout from Blaine Hipp. Dalton Treece roped an RBI single to right field that scored Bryce Hipp as West Side took a 1-0 lead.
Brandon Carr, who finished 1-for-1 while reaching base in all three at-bats, singled through the hole on left side and stole second before Mason Treece lined an RBI single over second base and into right field, scoring twin bother Dalton Treece.
With two runners in scoring position, Bell found his groove, striking out two straight batters and the Ramblers' right-hander didn't allow a hit through the next four frames.
"I really thought after that first inning, scoring two runs and finally getting a few timely hits, that we were gonna have a breakout game with the bats,” said West Side Coach Shane Daivs. “But give credit to their starter (Bell), he started mixing his pitches and really had us off-balance from the second inning on.
Page 2 of 2 - “Defensively we played ok but the few errors we did make really cost us especially being such a low scoring game with runs coming at a premium. I am proud of the kids' effort for the most part. We were playing without two starters and Rose Bud had beat us 12-4 in our first game of the year, so we have a few positives to take moving forward,” added Davis.
Rose Bud trimmed its deficit in half in the top of the second as Dylan Moore walked, advanced to second on a Turner Moon single and to third on a groundout off the bat of Adcock.
With two outs and runners at the corners, Tyler Weatherley flared an RBI single into right field, scoring Moore and pulling the Ramblers within one at 2-1. Cowley escaped further trouble by inducing a pop-out to Blaine Hipp at second, leaving two runners stranded.
Bell helped his own cause in the third inning. After pulling a single to left field, Bell stole second and moved to third once the throw to second bounced away into the outfield.
Left-handed cleanup hitter Brett Caples, who launched two home runs last Saturday in the Ramblers' sweep of Barton, drove home Bell with an RBI groundout to Hipp at second, as Rose Bud tied the score at 2-2.
After Rose Bud took a 3-2 lead in the fifth, West Side relieved Cowley with Hipp, who held the Ramblers scoreless in the final two frames while scattering three hits and striking out four.
Baker (2-for-4) and Bell (2-for-4) led Rose Bud's offense with two hits apiece, and both also scored one run. Moon, Adcock and Weatherley each contributed one base hit for Rose Bud, Caples had an RBI and Moore scored one run. Dalton Treece (1-for-3), Mason Treece (1-for-3) and Carr (1-for-1) collected West Side's three hits.