Cavaliers cruise past Bunker Hill, 7-1
East Rutherford took care of business in the second round of the playoffs with a 7-1 win over Bunker Hill at home Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers put a “6” on the board in the first inning and cruised to the win behind a complete-game, one-run effort from Brock Helton.
“We got some runners on in the first inning and their guy had some location issues,” East head coach Bobby Reynolds said. “It was good at-bats on our part not to chase balls out of the zone and still have an idea of what you’re looking for.”
Helton started hot with two strikeouts in the first inning and the Cavalier bats we’re equally as hot in the bottom half of the frame.
Tripp Hamrick led off with a base hit to right field and raced to third when Bunker Hill shortstop Colton Chapman mishandled a textbook double-play ball.
Jordan Strickland took advantage with an RBI single through the left side of the infield.
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Bunker Hill starter Clay Ervin continued to struggle with a passed ball and a walk to load the bases with no out.
An RBI fielder’s choice from John Padgett and another passed ball put East on top 3-0 and ended Ervin’s night after 2/3 innings.
New pitcher Garrett Hollar didn’t have much luck in relief as his first pitch squirted to the backstop allowing Will Randall to score. The rally ended with the Cavaliers on top 4-0.
East Rutherford stretched the lead to 6-0 with a two-out rally in the second as Strickland and Randall reached singled allowing John Bennett to clear the bases with a double down the left field line.
Bunker Hill got to Helton in the third with two hits in the third and fourth innings but failed to get on the board.
Strickland’s two-out double in the bottom of the fourth set him up to on Randall’s second hit of the night for a 7-0 lead.
Bunker Hill avoided the shutout in the seventh with an RBI single from Justin Aiken but it was far from enough to extend their season as Helton sealed the deal for a trip to the third round.
Helton finished the night with seven strikeouts.
“Brock pitched well,” Reynolds said. “They we’re one pitch or one batter away from making things close but he made the pitch and we made the plays.”
Runs was the only category the Cavaliers won as they committed three errors to the Bears one and each team had nine hits.
“I thought we had some goood at-bats,” Reynolds said. “You look at the scoreboard and it’s nine hits to nine hits so the walks really came back to hurt them.”
Strickland led the charge for East with three hits while Randall had two.
Bunker Hill got two hits each from Colton Chapman, Cameron Chapman and Nathan Gantt.
East Rutherford moves on to face the winner of West Lincoln and Draughn Friday night on the road.
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