Prep baseball: Cadets nip BT, 4-3
BEVERLY- Colton Shuster’s fifth-inning infield single knocked in the tying run and the Fort Frye Cadets escaped a bases loaded seventh inning threat to defeat the visiting Buckeye Trail Warriors 4-3 in a Pioneer Valley Conference thriller Wednesday.
Shuster came to bat in the fifth with the bases loaded and two out and legged out a slow grounder to third base to enable the tying run to cross the plate.
The Cadets then took advantage of two Buckeye Trail errors to grab a 4-3 lead heading to the final inning.
“We were able to put the ball in play and force them to make plays,” said Fort Frye head coach Sonny Bidwell. “That paid off for us in the end.”
The Cadets grabbed the early lead with a single run in the bottom of the first when Casey Hall singled in Shuster.
Fort Frye starting pitcher Caden Brooker shutout the Warriors for the first three frames before allowing a single run in the fourth, but the Cadets got an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead 2-1.
Buckeye Trail committed five errors in the game while the Cadets were charged with three errors of their own, all coming in the fifth inning when the Warriors took a 3-2 lead.
Brooker retired the first two hitters in the last of the sixth before issuing a walk and Bidwell elected to replace the right hander with Brad Martin.
“Caden pitched a very strong game for us tonight,” said Bidwell of Brooker, who allowed just four hits and one earned run in five and two thirds innings of work. “I just thought he might have been tiring a little bit.”
Martin did the job as he ended the sixth via a strikeout to send the game to the last of the sixth tied at 3-3.
Derek Layton led off the sixth for the Cadets by reaching second base on a Buckeye Trail error and moved to third on a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Brooker who stayed in the game to play first base.
Martin then reached base on yet another Warrior error, allowing Layton to cross the plate with the go- ahead run.
Martin started the final frame on the mound for the Cadets and retired Zach Roe on a come backer to the mound before allowing a sharp single up the middle to Jesse Roe.
Bidwell immediately summoned Spencer Lang in from center field to replace Martin on the mound.
Lang promptly hit Ian Wildes, the first batter he faced with a pitch but got the next Warrior hitter to ground into a force out for the second out of the inning.
The Cadets elected to walk C.J. Beaver intentionally to load the bases and got a huge break when a blooper down the right field line by Boyd that would have cleared the bases fell just foul by a matter of inches.
Lang rebounded to get Boyd to fly out harmlessly to center field to end the game and secure the ninth conference victory in 10 decisions for the Fort.
“Our pitching did a great job down the stretch,” said Bidwell. “It was nice to see us be able to come up with some big plays in the late innings.”
Martin was credited with the victory while Lang earned the save, while Beaver was the tough luck loser for Trail.
The win improved the Cadets season mark to an impressive 13-3, while Buckeye Trail slips to 7-6 with the defeat.
The Cadets are right back in action today as they travel to Caldwell to take on the Redskins.
Tori Mimken shutout the Buckeye Trail Lady Warriors for the second time this season and the Fort Frye Lady Cadets made two first inning runs stand up in a 2-0 PVC victory.
Mimken fired a complete game two-hitter, fanning 15 Lady Warrior hitters while walking zero to win her 13th consecutive victory of the season.
The Lady Cadets got all the offense they would need in the opening frame when Courtney Allen drew a one-out walk and moved to second base on a single by third baseman Hali LeMasters.
Both runners scored when Natalie Smith singled to left field and the ball got away from the left fielder for an error and a 2-0 Lady Cadet lead.
From their on it would be all Mimken as the Cadet senior fanned eight of the first nine Buckeye Trail hitters she faced.
Trail shortstop Katie Smith reached base on a bunt single in the opening frame and Kayleigh Smith’s double in the fourth inning proved to be the only runners to reach base against Mimken.
The Cadets had multiple opportunities to add to their lead as they collected at least one base hit in each inning of the game but were unable to add any insurance runs.
Mimken finished as strong as she started as she struck out the side in the final frame for the Cadets 13th victory of the season in as many decisions.
LeMasters was the only hitter to collect more than one hit in the game as she collected a pair of singles.
Allison Sichina pitched very well in her own right for Trail as she went the distance allowing just one earned run and striking out three.
Next up for the undefeated Cadets is a trip to Caldwell today for another PVC battle.