Clinton southpaw pitcher Kannon Bradley limited West Side to only 2 hits while striking out 8 as the Yellow Jackets buzzed past the Eagles 11-1 on Wednesday in an extended season high school game in Clinton.
Clinton's 'Bradley Bunch' of Kannon, Garrett and Jace, not all related and none brothers, powered a 10-run second-inning, allowing the Yellow Jackets plenty of breathing room for Kannon, who issued 2 walks and pitched around 4 errors without allowing an earned run.
With a rivalry game against South Side Bee Branch looming Thursday, West Side opted to throw four pitchers, including starter Tyler Cowley and relievers Dalton Treece, Hayden Gilmore and Bryce Hipp.
Scoreless heading into the bottom of the second, the 'Jackets exploded with 10 runs on 10 hits. Daniel Beavers drew a walk to start the inning and stole second but Cowley picked him off.
Colson Tester reignited Clinton with a single to left field then Ben Smith walked and both moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and balk. After Tester scored on a wild pitch, Ethan Brewer singled to right field, driving home Smith.
Leading 2-0, Clinton's onslaught continued as lefty Austin Decker pulled a single to right field and Daniel Beavers drilled a single to center field, loading the bases for Cody Lowder, who drew a 4-pitch RBI walk that scored Brewer.
With Clinton leading 3-0, the 'Bradley Bunch' threw a 1-2-3 punch as Kannon laced a 2 RBI single to left field, Garrett slammed an RBI single to left and Jace nailed a 2 RBI double to deep right field, extending the 'Jackets' lead to 8-0.
David Beavers kept the inning alive with a ground-rule double to deep left field, which scored Jace as Clinton took a 9-0 lead, which grew to 10-0 when Beavers scored on a wild pitch.
The 'Jackets maintained their 10-0 lead until the top of the sixth, when Bryce Hipp beat out an infield single for West Side's first hit. Hipp moved to second on Mason Treece's groundout and to third and Dalton Treece's ground ball turned error. Hipp scored on a two-out wild pitch.
Kannon Bradley worked out of the jam, inducing a groundout and strikeout as the 'Jackets left one runner stranded in scoring position.
Down to its final strike in the top half of the seventh, Gage Hewitt flared a single to right center, giving the Eagles their second hit and first to land past the infield. After Payden Stewart worked a full-count walk while fouling off two pitches, Kannon escaped by inducing a groundout.
The game was officially over at that point but West Side elected to play defense and Clinton scored one more run when Jace Bradley launched a solo homerun high onto the hill past the left field fence.
Page 2 of 2 - Jace Bradley led Clinton's offense with a double, home run, 2 runs and 3 RBI. Kannon Bradley and Decker also finished with 2 hits apiece for the Yellow Jackets.
Hipp and Hewitt produced West Side's only two base hits, while Gilmore walked twice in three plate appearances.