Cavs edged by Shelby

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 06:37 AM

East Rutherford baseball has played three conference games at home so far in 2013, in those three games they have scored two combined runs. After losing to R-S Central 1-0 and Burns 4-1, the Cavaliers fell to Shelby Thursday night 2-1.

“Right now we’re not hitting the baseball and it’s been like that through 11 ball games,” East head coach Bobby Reynolds said after the game. “We always see the best arms and we just aren’t stepping up and hitting the ball like we have in the past.”

East Rutherford starter Brock Helton did all he could while pitch with a splint on his broken left hand by recording 11 strikeouts and allowing just six hits, but the Cavalier bats mustered only three hits.

Shelby’s Bradford Lail doubled in the fifth inning to score Grant Byers who singled earlier in the inning as Shelby seemed to have figured out how to hit Helton who had a no-hitter through the first four innings.

Chandler Young singled two hitters later to score Lail and put Shelby on top 2-0.

East threatened in the bottom half of the fifth drawing two walks to start the inning with runners on first and second with no outs.

Unfortunately, Brandon Wellmon failed to move the runners over with a sacrifice bunt and eventually grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and Austin Street flew out to right to end the threat.

“We get that bunt down and we have a chance to get everyone on,” Reynolds said. “We were one bunt from having the bases loaded with no outs and we didn’t execute. It’s sad because we could have had a big inning, but it’s also life ... it is what it is.”

The Cavs loaded the bases again in the sixth but only managed one run on a John Padgett infield single that scored Logan Hawkins to cut the Shelby lead in half.

In the final frame, East’s Tripp Hamrick was hit by Shelby reliever Jaylen Byrd to put the tying run on base with two outs. Hamrick stole second and moved to third on a passed ball, but Chandler Jenkins grounded out hard to the shortstop to end the game.

“Jenkins really squared a ball up and if it was three feet right or left it could be a whole different game,” Reynolds said.

East returns to action Monday night at 7:30 in the first round of the McNair Easter Tournament against Gaston Christian.

SOFTBALL:

Raven Gray steals a win for Lady Cavs

FOREST CITY — East Rutherford outfielder Raven Gray led the Lady Cavaliers with a 3-4 night that included six stolen bases in a 8-7 win over Shelby in eight innings Thursday night in Forest City.

Gray reached safely in the bottom of the eighth before stealing second and then third. The Shelby throw to third was mishandled by the third baseman and Gray sprinted into score the walk-off win for East Rutherford.

Savannah Davis added two hits on the afternoon and along with Klinnon Carson earned the win in the circle for East.

The Lady Cavs are back in action Tuesday, April 9 at Chase. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.