Piedmont’s Bradley mowed down the Golden Eagles, allowing only four hits while shutting out Jacksonville 6-0 in the Brady Munroe Memorial Tournament opener.
“Today, he was right on the money,” Piedmont coach James Blanchard said. “We’ve been working on that with Cade because he’s a good pitcher.”
Bradley got to three balls in the count on only one at-bat. Blanchard said the outing was “probably one of the best games since he’s been at Piedmont other than in the playoffs last year.”
Bradley said he started the season a little slow but he believes he has come around.
“I got my arm in shape to pitch,” Bradley said.
Piedmont (9-6) managed only three hits of its own but was helped by Jacksonville’s six errors, including four in the first three innings.
Shed Long worked five innings for the Golden Eagles (8-5), allowing two hits and four unearned runs while striking out six batters.
The first run came in the first with pinch-runner Devonta Savage scoring on an error after Matt Strott reached base on a walk. In the second, Caleb Adams scored on another error after singling. Bayley Blanchard, who reached on the error, scored on a double by Bradley in the same inning.
The fourth run came after Collin Bradley reached second on a dropped fly ball in the third.
“We hit (Long) at the first of the game pretty good and scored four runs off of him,” Blanchard said. “Then he settled in, and we didn’t have some good at-bats. But we hung in there. We work on hitting a lot so we’re going to hit the baseball.”
The Bulldogs added two insurance runs in the sixth off two more errors by Jacksonville as Adams and Tyler Luck scored.
Piedmont’s hits came from Bradley, Adams and Hayes. Jacksonville’s four hits came from Payton Sims, Sid Thurmond, Jackson Bell and Long.
“Jacksonville always has a good team, but this shows that we’re just as good as anybody,” Bradley said. “This is big going into next week. With the way our team is playing we have a lot of confidence.”
White Plains 7, Cleburne County 6 — It’s not over until Dylan Randall scores.
After going neck-to-neck with Cleburne County in the tournament’s second game Thursday, White Plains overcame a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh.
“It was a great game,” Wildcats coach Chad Hudson said. “It seemed like early on they were kind of chasing us then we were chasing them.”
The rally started with Tyler Hardcastle and Caleb Morrow both walking to start the seventh inning. Randall beat out the following sacrifice bunt to load the bases. Dillon Greenwood doubled to drive in two runs and tie the game 6-6, then Jonathan Bradshaw walked to load the bases. Peton Whitten then singled in Randall with the winning run.
“I was happy with the way we were swinging the bat,” Hudson said. “We just needed a break. We were looking for that big hit.”
Cleburne County took the lead in the fifth 5-4 on a run by Chase Davis. He had tied the game in the fourth with a two-run homer. Brady Padgett scored in the sixth to make it 6-4.
“We’re not where we want to be, but this team has a great attitude and we’ve come a long way,” Tigers coach Vaughn Lee said. “We’re close and we’re getting there. We’re a lot better than we were.”
Dillon Greenwood earned the win for White Plains, throwing 1 2/3 innings while allowing an earned run on a hit. Bailey Kemp took the loss after allowing one run on one hit.
Bradshaw, Miles Masters and Zach Cunningham each had two hits for White Plains as Bradshaw scored two runs. Davis led the way for Cleburne County (7-7), going 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs. Padgett had two hits, and Blake Turner had one.
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