Myers Park scores 16 runs to top Forest City at state tourney
A trio of Myers Park pitchers combined to fire a two-hit shutout and the offense exploded for 16 runs over the last three innings to down Forest City, 16-0 in the first round of the 10-11 state tournament at Dunbar Park Saturday.
“The two guys in front of me threw great today,” said Jackson Krisko who closed the game. “When I was out there my goal was just to throw hard and throw as many strikes as possible.”
After Forest City and Haden Joyce worked a scoreless top of the first, Myers Park’s Reed Bolin returned the favor, striking out two and left the game scoreless.
Joyce ran into trouble during the next frame, issuing a pair of one out walks before Krisko singled to load the bases. William Atwell cleared the bases with a three run double.
A fielder’s choice made the tally 4-0 before the visitors loaded the bases again. Joyce was replaced by Ethan Travis who walked in one run and another came home on a sacrifice fly.
The Myers Park pitching continued to dominate in the bottom half as the duo of Bolin and Atwell sat Forest City down in order once again.
Myers Park added more runs in the third thank to a RBI groundout by Carter Flanagan and a three run homer by RJ. Scholtus. As Scholtus’ blast disappeared over the left field wall, the lead increased to 10-0.
They added one more run before Forest City could escape as the scoreboard read 11-0.
Forest City garnered their first base runner of the game when Dustin Blanton singled sharply to center but he was left stranded at third.
Myers Park put the game away in the fourth.
They plated four runs before the first out was recorded. Two more runs came home on an error with two outs before Benett Ruff recorded a strikeout to end the inning.
CJ Hannon did dump a two out single in left with two outs, but Travis struck out to end the game at 16-0 in four innings. Krisko, Atwell, and Scholtus paced Myers Park while Forest City was led by Hannon and Blanton who each went 1-for-2.
Myers Park will move on to play district one champion Chase today at 2 p.m. Forest City falls to the loser’s bracket and will play Monday at 6 p.m.