Bradley Central got just what it needed from Brandon Thompson off the mound and just enough offense to walk away with a 3-2 win over White County Thursday night in the Bears’ Trojan Classic opener.
“We had 11 hits in the game. Baseball is about two-out hits and scoring guys. We just weren’t getting those. We hit into a double play and made some baserunning blunders,” said Bears coach Travis Adams.
Thompson held the Warriors to only four hits while striking out six batters with no walks in the win.
“I’m really proud of Brandon going out there and giving us an effort like that,” Adams bragged. “We talk about quality starts and giving your team a chance to win. On these weekends these young guys have to step up, and he did a real good job of keeping them at bay.”
The Bears also got some stellar defensive play to keep the Warriors off the board in the early innings. Cal Pickel’s brilliant diving catches in left-center field and again in right center in the same inning helped spark Bradley to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
Chandler Duggan blistered a shot that sailed over the head of the White County center fielder to open the inning and Duggan found himself on third with a triple. Caleb Pace got the RBI single with one out to score Duggan. Pace made it 2-0 on a two-out single to center off the bat of Jacob Barnes.
White County cut it to 2-1, scoring on two Bradley errors in the top of the fourth, and tied the game one inning later with two singles and a sacrifice fly.
After getting three fly balls to sit the Warriors down in order in the top of the seventh, Baylor Terrell got the Bears started in the bottom half of the inning with a one-out single to center. Barnes followed with a hit to right and Hunter Rogers trotted to first with a walk to load the bases. Logan Blackwell’s ground ball to second gave the Bears the win when the throw home for the force out sailed wide.
“When we’re asking our guys to pitch to contact, we’ve got to be ready to catch the ball. Cal made two big plays in the outfield and we did enough to hang around and find a way to win it. It’s good to be in those close games, though,” said Adams
The Bears face Germantown Hunter today at 6 p.m., then continue the Classic against Covenant Christian Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
BEARS 3, WARRIORS
White County 000 110 0 — 2 4 1
Bradley Central 002 000 1 — 3 10 2
WP: Brandon Thompson (2-2) 6K’s; LP: Darin Cole (3-2). 3B: Chandler Duggan (BC). 2B: Tyler Carpenter (BC). Highlights: Darin Cole 2-3 (WC); Jacob Barnes 3-4, Hunter Rogers 2-3 RBI, Duggan 2-3 Run (BC). Records: White County 10-11; Bradley Central 15-9.