By Jerry Fekete Banner Correspondent
May 15, 2014
MAN — The Man High School baseball team advanced to Class A regional play as the Hillbillies easily defeated Tug Valley 14-0 on Tuesday night at Man’s Dr. Juan Norello Field to wrap up the sectional championship.
Man, 16-10 on the season, swept the Panthers two games to none to take the crown. The Billies had won 12-0 at Tug Valley on Monday night in Game 1.
Left-hander Braden Griffin tossed a five-inning no-hitter for Man as he struck out 10.
Tug Valley saw its season come to an end at 5-12-1.
Several Billies had big games.
John Thomas Keffer was 2-for-2 with a double, while Cameron Simpson was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Cayce Mullins, Kenny Joe Adkins and Derek Messer also doubled. Mullins, Adkins and Messer each drove in two runs.
Tyler Blair and Mike Scott Rowe added hits for Man. Rowe also had two RBI.
Austin Cook had a hit and two RBI. Griffin also knocked in a run.
The Billies went up 2-0 in the first inning as Griffin had a bases loaded RBI on a fielder’s choice play and Mullins had an RBI double.
In the second, Man plated four runs to take a 6-0 lead. Keffer led off with a double, Baley Beckwith walked and both moved up on a wild pitch. Then it was Adkins who deliverd a two-run double. Simpson was then safe on an error and Rowe drove in two more with a two-run single.
In the bottom of the fourth, Man pushed four more runs across home plate to make it 10-0. Keffer singled, Beckwith was safe on a Tug Valley error and Simpson ripped a two-run single to make it 8-0. Man scored on another error to up the margin to 9-0. A sacrifice fly to left by Mullins accounted for the 10th run.
Four more runs in the fourth inning by Man made it 14-0. Cook had a two-run single and Messer a two-run double during the frame.
Tyler Estep was the starting and losing pitcher for Tug Valley. He went 2.1 innings and gave up 10 runs (seven earned) with four walks and two strikeouts. Josh Spry pitched the last 1.2 innings, yielding four earned runs and two hits with three walks and one strikeout.