Cavaliers outlast Patton
Brandon Wellmon pitched a complete game for the Cavaliers as they held on to defeat the Patton Panthers 7-6 on Tuesday night at home.
“Brandon Wellmon pitched great.” head Bobby Reynolds spoke after the game, “He had very good command of his pitches. If we played a little better behind him I think he gets out of there with a 6-2 win.”
Wellmon controlled the game over the first four innings striking out five batters and allowing four hits while surrendering one run.
The Cavalier offense produce two runs over that same period of time and took a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning. That is when the game became interesting.
Jordan Strickland’s single open the flood gates for the Cavaliers in the fourth with a total of seven Cavaliers reaching base. Trent Self’s two-RBI single highlighted the offensive barrage that pushed the lead to 5-1.
Logan Hawkins RBI shot to right brought Self home for the final run of the inning giving the Cavaliers a 6-1 lead.
Patton began clawing their way out of the abyss in the fifth as the batters seemed to find their swing. Hayden Carraway opened the inning with a single followed by a hard hit ball to center by Logan Pearson for
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Patton’s Chris Reid would bring both runners home with a single to right field making the score 6-3. Patton would load the bases before Nate Williams hit into a double play to end the inning.
The Cavaliers squandered an easy out dropping not one, but two playable foul balls by Patton’s Reid. Reid made them pay for their mistake quickly as he crushed a fast ball over the centerfield fence for a two run homer.
Patton tied the game 6-6 on an RBI single by Grayson Moses to score Will Kirk from second.
“That dropped foul ball turned into a two run home run,” Reynolds said. “If you strike the guy out you don’t talk about it, the guy gets a hit or a home run then you talk about it. Sometimes it means something and sometimes it don’t. Tonight it meant a lot.”
Wellmon looked tired as the seventh inning began allowing two hits and placing runners in scoring position. The infield defense came up strong fielding a foul ball for the second out of the inning and getting the forced out at third to end the threat.
“That was it for (Wellmon),” said Reynolds. “We were getting ready to put a guy in, Caleb Green, who hadn’t pitched a varsity inning in his life. The ninth-grader was going to the mound.”
Fortunately for Green that wasn’t necessary.
The score remained tied as the Cavaliers came to bat in the bottom of the seventh.
A double by Brock Helton against the hard-throwing Williams gave the Cavaliers a man in scoring position.
Strickland hit his second single of the game driving in Helton for the winning run.