Errors doom TJCA versus Elks
It was an old fashion pitcher’s duel between Thomas Jefferson and Elkin Friday at McNair Field. When the dust settled the visiting Elks came away with a 3-1 win thanks to a pair of unearned runs of three Gryphon errors.
“I don’t think we played that badly,” said TJCA head coach Chris White. “We hit some balls pretty hard but they made some great plays. It’s tough to swallow but sometimes that’s how it goes.”
After Elkin scored an unearned run in the top of the first, TJCA loaded the bases with no outs. Elk pitcher Jamey Cranford settled down with two strikeouts and a groundout to end the inning.
Cranford also had his strikeout pitch working in the second inning too, striking out a pair of Gryphons to leave the tally at 1-0.
Bubba Bradley garnered another RBI with a single up the middle to increase the Elkin lead to 2-0. TJCA struck back in the bottom half. Leadoff hitter Cole Bennett slapped a single up the middle and moved to second on a balk. A wild pitch allowed him to reach third and he scored on a groundout by Mac Martin.
Both pitchers, Cranford and Caleb Bishop, found their rhythm and neither side mounted a threat until the top of the sixth. Seth Creed led off with a double and scored a pair Gryphon errors.
After the home team went in order in the bottom half, they mounted a threat in their last at bat. Pinch hitter Zach Parks led off with a walk, but Cranford stuck out the side to secure the win.
Thomas Jefferson finishes the season at 12-10.