Boswell one win away from district title
by By Jacob Hartin Sports Reporter
BOSWELL – The Boswell Scorpions opened up district tournament play on Thursday afternoon with a 20-0 win over the Battiest Panthers and a 16-0 win over the Bennington Bears. The Bears now find themselves on the ropes and face a must-win situation on Friday in order to force a deciding game against the Scorpions.
The Scorpions certainly have momentum on their side and head coach Alan Cartwright was pleased with his team after both games.
“I really liked how hard we played today,” said Cartwright. “We pitched well, didn’t have any errors in the field, and hit the ball well. When everything is going good, you have games like that.” Bennington squared off against Battiest in the first game of the day and held on for a 10-7 victory.
The Bears were able to score early on with RBI hits from Zach Hardesty and Anthony Perez. Hardesty knocked in his fourth run of the game in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI triple that made it 10-4, Bennington.
The Panthers scored two quick runs in the top of the fourth and were set up to do even more damage with the bases loaded and one out.
William Smith caught a fly ball in center field for Bennington and made a nice throw back to William Minyard at first base to double off the base runner and get the Bears out of the jam.
The Bears faced another bases-loaded situation in the top of the sixth. With one out and the Bears leading 10-6, Bennington shortstop Josh Hawkins turned an unassisted double play to end the inning.
The Panthers were able to score one more run in the top of the seventh but Trevor McWilliams closed out the game for the Bears. The Scorpions quickly eliminated the Panthers in the second game with a 20-0 victory in three innings.
Boswell scored early and often with ten runs in the first inning and six runs in the second. Tracy Brown delivered the big hit for the Scorpions in the top of the first with a three-run home run over the left field wall to make it 5-0. Blane Brown, Berryhill, and Blake Shultz also added RBI base hits to the total in the first inning.
The Battiest pitchers struggled with their control in the second inning and four runs scored on bases-loaded walks for the Scorpions. Tracy Brown had two more hits in the second inning, one of which was an RBI single. The Scorpions tacked on four more runs in the third inning.
Cameron Roberts had an RBI double to left-center field that scored Caleb Brown to make it 17-0. Three more runs scored on bases-loaded walks to end the game. That set up the Bennington/Boswell matchup for the final game of the day.
Blane Brown pitched five shutout innings for the Scorpions and finished with eleven strikeouts. Dillon Clark was the starting pitcher for Bennington and retired the side in order in the top of the first inning.
After a scoreless first inning, the Scorpions took a 2-0 lead with an RBI double from McKenna Pierce. Berryhill followed with an RBI single for the third run of the inning.
The Bears prevented further damage with another solid play in the outfield. This time it was Perez who made the catch in left field and then doubled off Berryhill with a good throw back to Minyard at first base to end the inning.
The Bears struggled to get anything going against Blane Brown and the Scorpions continued to pile on runs with four in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.
Dusty Belvin finished with two hits and two RBI for Boswell. Shultz finished with a triple, Roberts with a double and one RBI, Brown with a single and two RBI, and Berryhill with one RBI. Pierce finished the game with a double and three RBI.
“I think we are starting to hit a pretty good stride,” said Cartwright after the Bennington game. “We played well last week and if we can carry this on for another week who knows what may happen.”
The Bears and Scorpions will play again on Friday at 2 p.m. with a second game scheduled afterwards if necessary.
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