Baseball

Pisgah moves to 3-0 after sloppy 12-9 victory

Reid picks up second win, Black Bears uncharacteristically commit eight errors
By Rhonda Byrd | Mar 07, 2017
Photo by: Mikell Clark-Webb Pisgah shortstop Zeke Long cleanly fields a high-chopper.

CANTON — The first thing Pisgah manager Harold Shepard had to say after his baseball team’s 12-9 win over visiting Polk County Monday night at Wells Ballpark was, “it’s a win, we’ll take it because it moves us to 3-0 on the season.”
But then he quickly added, “but that was an uncharacteristic performance.”
Despite the win and staying undefeated, Pisgah uncharacteristically committed eight errors but the Black Bears managed to scored five runs in the second and four in the sixth to avoid the upset.
Pisgah junior Jaxon Reid  (2-0, 1.27 ERA) started and earned the win. He pitched five innings, gave up just two earned runs, seven hits, struck out four and walked a pair of Wolverines.
When he left the game, Pisgah led, 8-5, and his defense had already committed five errors. Junior Mason Griffith (0-0, pitched the final two innings and recorded the save.
Pisgah led, 12-5, going into the top of the seventh. But Polk County rallied for four runs thanks to a couple of errors, three walks and a pair of run producing singles before Griffith struck out Tyler Harris with the bases loaded to end the game.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the second, the Black Bears rallied for five runs.
Mason Herbert singled, stole second and third and scored on a balk by Polk County starter Holden Owen.
Trey Morgan walked, Eli Medford was plunked by a pitch and Cody Lovelace laid down a bunt single before Tanner Fox lined a two-out, 2-RBI single.
Zach Scott followed with a double into the leftfield corner that drove in a pair of runs to give Pisgah a 6-3 lead.
Polk County sliced the Pisgah lead to 6-4 with an  earned run on a wild pitch by Reid in the top of the third.
In the top of the fourth, the Wolverines scratched another run (unearned)  across the plate to pull within a run (6-5) of Pisgah’s lead.
However, the Black Bears answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend their lead to 8-5.
Fox scored on a pass ball and Chase Henson (Scott’s courtesy runner) scored on Griffith’s standup double.
Pisgah added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a walk, four Polk County errors and run producing singles by Fox and Jason Fabio.
Leading Pisgah’s 9-hit attack were Fox (4 R, 2 SB, 2 BB) and Herbert (2 SB, R) with two hits each.
Up next for the Black Bears is the WNC Athletic Conference 7 p.m. opener at East Henderson on Friday, March 10.

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