The CWC Bulldogs win streak reached five games with a pair of wins this week.
Tuesday: CWC 7, Flora 2
CARMI – The CWC Bulldogs snuffed out a Flora rally in the top of the third inning and then produced their own six-run rally in the bottom of the inning in a 7-2 win over Flora on Tuesday. The game was moved to Bradshaw Park because the Bulldogs’ regular field at Eckerle Park is still covered by the floodwaters.
A couple of errors in the first inning led to Flora’s only two runs, but they looked to be ready to extend their lead when two hits to start the third inning put runners on second and third with no outs. CWC pitcher Eason Stewart, in his first outing since last week’s no-hitter, was able to pitch his way out of the jam with two strikeouts and an infield pop out.
“He has the capability on the mound to really change the game,” said CWC Coach Justin Simmons. “When he got himself out of the jam that was a huge momentum shift in that game.”
The Bulldogs then flipped the game with six runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, this time aided by timely hitting, aggressive running and Flora’s errors. Mitchell Nelson and Ethan Mahon reached base to start the inning. Bryce Northcott laid down a bunt to sacrifice them over but Northcott’s speed (he had run a sub-11 second 100 meters at Monday’s track meet) caused Flora to rush the throw to first base. The throw got away allowing Nelson to score and moving Mahon and Northcott onto third and second. A ground out by Stewart scored Mahon. After an error allowed Travis Black to reach base and Northcott to score, Justin Lamp drew a walk. Drew Huffer followed with a line drive to the left field fence scoring both runners. Huffer was also able to score on the play after a couple of throwing errors on the play trying to stop the aggressive base running of the Bulldogs.
With a 6-2 lead the Bulldogs’ defense stepped up their play for the rest of the game.
“We had a couple of messed up plays to give the them a couple of runs but after that we made some really nice plays,” said Simmons. “Lamp’s diving catch in center saved at least one run and Northcott, Mahon and Justice Stubblefield also made some tough plays for us.”
Stewart pitched his second consecutive complete game, giving up six hits and striking out nine. Travis Black added one more run for the Bulldogs with a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was his third home run in the last four games.