The Princeton Tigers and Bluefield Beavers met on the diamond for the only time this season and it was the Tigers, behind the two-hit pitching of Bo Williams, who claimed a 16-3 win in the quarterfinals of the 40th annual Coppinger Invitational Baseball Tournament, Monday night at Bowen Field.
“It has been a rollercoaster for us, trying to figure out what kind of team we’re going to have show up every day. When we do show up and hit the ball, everything rolls very smoothly,” said Princeton head coach Josh Wilburn. “We’ve been getting good pitching performances. Bo threw a great game.”
The Tigers came out of the gate swinging against Bluefield starter Justin Lightfoot. Bryson Allen hit the first pitch of the game to left for a single, then stole second and came home when the second batter, Andrew Wilson singled to left.
A hit batter, base on balls, a sac fly, and two more singles had the Tigers circling the bases. Princeton sent 10 batters to the plate, got four hits and scored five times before the Beavers came to bat.
Bluefield pushed across a run in its part of the first. Trevor Mullins reached on a fielder’s choice and error that put him at second. A wild pitch moved him to third and Cody Goins singled to bring Mullins home for the Beavers’ first run of the game.
The Tigers added a single run n the second before exploding for five more runs in the third on only one hit.
Three walks, a hit batter and a single pushed the Princeton lead to 10-1 as Princeton sent 11 batters to the dish. Lightfoot gave way to Andrew Siegel midway through the frame.
Meanwhile Williams was mowing his way through the Bluefield lineup. He sat the Beavers down 1-2-3 in the second, but Bluefield scored two in the third on two hits and two Princeton errors. Those runs would be the last of the night for Bluefield, and in fact, Williams retired the last seven batters he faced in the five inning contest, shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.
Princeton scored four times on four hits in the fourth and added a single run in the fifth off Siegel to make it 16-3.
Brett Wall was 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Ian Southcott was 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs.
We plugged in a sophomore to the game today in the DH position, Brett Wall, and he put together some hits for us at the bottom of the lineup.”
Williams pitched the complete game and allowed only two Bluefield hits. All of the runs were unearned. Williams walked three and struck out four as he improved to 6-0 on the season.
Lightfoot suffered the loss as he worked two-plus innings. He allowed seven runs on five hits, walked two and fanned one. Siegel pitched three frames and allowed nine runs on seven hits, walked four and struck out four. Bluefield’s hits were by Goins and Santoro and both were singles.
“We flat out got beat and Princeton was far superior to us tonight,” said Bluefield head coach Justin Gilbert. “There was no point we were in this game tonight. We made some mistakes early, booted it around a bit, they hit the ball, that’s how baseball goes.
“A few errors here, a few hits there and before you know it they’ve got five in the first and after that I don’t think we were in the game at all.”
Princeton 10-7, hosts Riverside in an MSAC contest this evening. The Tigers are 5-3 in MSAC play. Bluefield, now 6-11, travels today to Independence.
The Tigers’ next game in the Coppinger Tournament will be Saturday against PikeView at 1 p.m. at Bowen Field.
At Bowen Field
Princeton........515 41 — 16 12 3
Bluefield.........102 00 — 3 2 2
Williams and Wood. Lightfoot, Siegel (3) and Maxey, Goins (3). W-Williams, L-Lightfoot.