Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 1, 2014

Lebanon takes classic pitcher's duel from Grundy

LEBANON, Va. — A dribbler and two bloops were enough to hand the Golden Wave its first loss of the season on Monday. In a classic pitcher’s duel, Lebanon took a 2-1 victory, while limiting Grundy to one hit, in non-conference baseball at Pioneer Park.

“I was hoping those two runs in the first wouldn’t be big but they turned out to be,” Grundy coach Scotty Bostic said. “They had a couple of hits in no man’s land, we just didn’t communicate. The best thing about it, that’s something we can work on, something we can fix.”

The Pioneers Michael Leonard hit a soft grounder, perfectly placed down the third base line for the first hit of the year against Grundy (2-1) pitching, an infield single. Will Stamper then laid down a sacrifice bunt to put Leonard in scoring position.

After Ben Sexton walked, Golden Wave ace Charles McCoy then picked up a strikeout for the second out of the inning.

Eli Sargent then lofted a popup that dropped between the Grundy second baseman and right fielder to score Leonard. Clayton Gilbert followed with another blooper to almost the same place to score Sexton with the Pioneers’ second run.

“Truth of the matter is, if the sun hadn’t been out I don’t think we would have had a hit the whole game,” said Lebanon coach Jarrod Sparks.

“Hats off to the kid (McCoy). He came in here and shut us down. Thank God for Michael Leonard, he matched him on the mound and it was enough for us to win.”

McCoy tossed the complete game with 12 strikeouts through six innings. He threw 113 pitches and 68 of those were strikes. The only three hits allowed were the three soft singles in the first.

“McCoy did a good job,” stated Bostic. “He makes it easy for the defense. We just have to make the routine play. It’s a matter of just getting field time and working at it. We’ll get better.”

Leonard’s numbers were almost the same for Lebanon (3-2). He pitched six innings to get the win, with 11 strikeouts. He threw 115 pitches of which 66 were strikes. Leonard had two outs in the sixth inning before allowing a hit.

In the sixth, with two outs, Daniel Tiller walked. McCoy then walked to put runners at first and second.

Corey Walsh followed with the only hit of the game for Grundy, another soft single that went off the third baseman’s glove and into left field allowing Tiller to score. Leonard then induced a ground out to end the inning with Lebanon leading 2-1.

Ben Sexton came on to pitch the seventh for the Pioneers and retired the three batters he faced to notch the save.

“We hit the ball hard a couple of times but it was right at them,” Bostic said. “Lebanon made some good plays. Every time you play a team like Lebanon you know they will be fundamentally sound.”

Grundy will travel to East Ridge, Kentucky on Friday. Lebanon makes the long trek to Lee High today.


At Pioneer Park

Grundy.......000   001   0 -- 1 1 0

Lebanon.....200   000   x -- 2 3 0

C. McCoy and J. McCoy. Leonard, Sexton (7) and Warren. W—Leonard (2-0). L—C. McCoy (1-1). S--Sexton (1). HR—none.

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