Pisgah's Bailey declaws Franklin PanthersSenior hurls GC gem, Black Bears improve to 3-3 and 2-0 in WNCAC
CANTON — If senior pitcher Trevor Bailey, who wasn’t even on the team last season, is not the ace of the Pisgah varsity baseball team’s staff this season, well, he should be.
Especially after how he has consistently dominated hitters this season.
In Friday’s WNC Athletic Conference game Friday afternoon, Bailey hurled a complete-game, seven hit gem and his Black Bear teammates supported the righty with a 15-hit attack as Pisgah defeated visiting Franklin, 7-1, at the Charles Thomas Wells Complex.
“Crazy game,” said Pisgah Manager Harold Shepard. “Trevor has made himself a good pitcher. He didn’t even play last season and today, because he worked so hard getting ready for this season, he is or has been the ace of our staff. He is a bulldog on the mound. Every time he takes the ball, I and his teammates believe we have a very good chance to win the game.”
Bailey, who struck out six Panthers and walked just one, moved to 2-1 on the season with a save and an impressive 1.98 ERA.
Because of Bailey’s success on the mound, the win over Franklin evened the Black Bears’ overall record to 3-3 and 2-0 in the WNCAC.
After allowing Franklin’s only run in the second, Pisgah answered with a four spot a half-inning later.
Sophomore Thomas Tatham led off with a single, and went to second on Trey Goodlett’s sacrifice bunt. Senior catcher Garrett Holland ripped a game-tying RBI double off the left-centerfield wall and his courtesy runner Issac Clark scored the go ahead run (2-1) on Trevor Johnson’s single.
Pisgah added to its lead when Johnson went to third on junior Dustin Messer’s single and later scored on Nathan Summey’s single.
Messer eventually scored on Mason Fox’s line-drive single to give Pisgah and it’s ace, a three-run cushion, 4-1.
However, not that Bailey even needed additional runs, but the Black Bears managed to add an insurance run in the fourth inning and a pair in the sixth.
Summey, junior Holt Underwood, Tatham, Goodlett, Holland and Messer had two hits each.
Pisgah’s game at West Henderson Tuesday was snowed out and will be made up at 7 p.m. tonight. The Black Bears will host at 4:30 p.m. county-rival Tuscola at the “Wells” Thursday afternoon.