In the first game of the District 3 Semi-Finals, Patrick County rebounded from the night before in dramatic fashion to beat Pulaski East 15-2 in 5 innings. Patrick would score runs in each of the 5 innings they played.
In the top of the 1st, Patrick would send 8 players to the plate, scoring 5 of them. McCray Sawyers led off the game with a single, followed by Landon Augustine, who hit a single of his own. Josh Cochram then drew a walk to load the bases. Bryan Fulcher reached on a error, scoring Sawyers and Augustine. After an out, Garrett Worley drew a walk and stole 2B. Two strike outs would end the inning, but not before Fulcher and Worley would score.
In the bottom of the 1st, Pulaski would score a run to get on the board @ 5-1. John Seagle would draw a lead off walk, and advance on a infield put out. Seagle then moved to 3B on a wild pitch. Cooper Dunnigan then drew a walk to put runners at the corners. Justin Turpin hit an RBI fielder's choice, scoring Seagle. Dunnigan was forced out @ 2B for the 2nd out of the inning. Chris Shay hit a single, and then the inning ended with a strike out, stranding Turpin and Shay.
In the top of the 2nd, Patrick scored two more runs to pull ahead 7-1. Tayor Swails led off with by drawing a walk and advanced to 2B on a passed ball. He then took 3B on a passed ball. Jacob Mullins also drew a walk and then with runners at first and third, Mullins stole 2B. After a strike out, A single by McCray Sawyers scored Swailis, and then Landon Augustine hit a single to score Mullins. An infield tag out and a infield put out ended the inning.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Pulaksi only sent 4 batters to the plate. The first batter struck out, and then after an infield put out, Noah Whitlow reached on an error. A second strike out ended the inning, stranding Whitlow. After two complete innings, Patrick County lead 7-1.
Patrick continued the offensive showing, scoring two more runs in the top of the 3rd. After an infield put out, Nick Duncan hit a double. Garrett Worley then reached base via an error.After a strike out, Kase Leftwich hit a double up the middle to socre Duncan. Darius Williams drew a walk, followed by a Mcray Sawyers walk. A strike out ended the Patrick County inning, but not before Worley would score.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Riley Moore led off by drawing a walk, advanced to 2B on a wild pitch and to 3B on a passed ball. After a strike out, John Seagle drew a walk and advanced to 2B on a wild pitch, which also scored Moore. Seagle would then advance to 3B on a wild pitch. After a second strike out, Cooper Dunningan drew his second walk of the game and moved to 2B when Justin Turpin also drew a walk, which loaded the bases. All three were stranded after a strike out to end the Pulask East threat. After 3 complete innings, Patrick County led Pulaski County 9-2.
In the top of the 4th, Patrick picked up two more runs to make the score 11-2. Josh Cockram led off the inning with a single and stole 2B. After an infield put out, Nick Duncan hit a single and was forced out on a fielders choice by Garrett Worley who reached first base safely. Jacob Mullis hit a single, mvoing Worley around, who eventually scored. The inning ended with a routine out.
In the bottom of the 4th, Pulaski went 3 up and 3 down, with Patrick County pitcher Bryson Fulcher striking out 2 of the 3 Pulaski batters and forcing a routine infield put out. After four complete innings, Patrick extended their lead to 11-2.
In the top of the 5th, Pulaski recorded an out, and then McCray Sawyers drew a walk and stole 2B. He moved to 3B on a throwing error. Landon Augustine then hit a single, scoring Sawyers. After a infield put out for the second out of the inning, Bryson Fulcher drew a walk and then Nick Duncan hit a double, scoring Augustine and Fulcher. An infield put out ended the inning for Patrick, but not before scoring three more runs to make the score 14-2.
In the bottom of the 5th, Noah Whitlow led of with a single, but then Patrick County's Bryson Fulcher retired the side in order, striking out one, getting a fly out, and an infield put out. Whitlow was left stranded.
The game ended one inning early 14-2, due to the 10 run rule.
Patrick County's Garrett Worley got the win, pitching 2 1/2 innings, giving up one hit, striking out 7, and walking 5 Pulaski Players. Bryson Fulcher pitched in relief, pitching 2 1/2 innings, allowing just one hit, striking out 5, and walking 1 Pulaski batter.
With the loss, Pulaski East was eliminated from the tournament, but in reaching the semi-finals, they finished 4th in the tournament.
With the win, Patrick County advances to the next round to play vs. Christiansburg @ 5:30 PM on Wednesday. Because Blacksburg beat Christiansburg in the second semi-final game, three teams now all have one loss. Per Dixie rules, a blind drawing was done at the conclusion of the Blacksburg / Christiansburg game, to see who draws the bye, while the other two teams play each other on Wednesday in the pre-championship game.
Three baseballs were put in a bag for a blind drawing, one with a "X", designating who gets the bye on Wednesday. District 3 Director, Don Gresh, required Blacksburg to draw last to avoid any issues of being the host team. Christiansburg Manager Mark Sisson choose to draw first, and then Patrick County's League President, Donald Blackard, drew second. The ball left in the bag was the "X" bye ball, which was relegated to Blacksburg, and picked by Manager Mike Goforth.
Blacksburg will play the winner of Patrick and Christiansburg for the Championship on Thursday @ 5:30pm. Patrick and Christiansburg flipped a coin for "home" team, and Patrick won the toss.
Per Dixie rules, because three teams have one loss, two teams will officially be designated as "Tournament Runner-Up" and will receive team and individual trophies.
For the first time in District 3, an "All-Tournament" Team (first and second) will be announced and presented at the conclusion of the Championship game on Thursday. 10 Awards for first and 10 awards for second team will be given to (2) Pitchers, (1) Catcher, (4) Infielders, and (3) Outfielders. A total of 20 plaques will be presented.
Tag(s): 2012 District 3 Tournament