T. Blomquist, Bassa hurl Barton to twinbill sweep
• Braves blank Weirton by identical 3-0 scores
CRESCENT — It’s widely known in baseball that good pitching will beat good hitting any time. It happened twice Sunday afternoon.
Barton got complete-game efforts from Tyler Blomquist and Austin Bassa in sweeping past visiting by identical 3-0 scores in Ohio Valley Baseball League action on Henning Field inside Pramesa Park.
In the opener, Blomquist allowed a one-out bunt single by Jake Rosnick and then hit Chris Gillette with a pitch. However, the former St. Clairsville ace and West Liberty hurler retired the next 15 batters he faced until issuing a two-out walk to Gino Pierro in the sixth. He finished with a two-hitter that featured a career-high 11 strikeouts.
“I always want to expect this type of an outing when ever I’m pitching, but I was a little anxious. It’s been awhile since I’ve done any live pitching,” Blomquist allowed. “It seemed like everything was working for me. My off-speed was going where I wanted it to and I felt I was throwing my fastball with a lot of speed.”
Blomquist and the Bobcats’ Matt Komorowski matched zeroes for the first three innings until the Braves finally broke through in the home half of the fourth frame.
Kaden Blomquist reached on a one-out walk before Ryan Bernard singled. Designated hitter Aaron Marovich sliced a single down the third base line that plated Blomquist for a 1-0 lead. After the second out was recorded, Matt Fouty infield single allowed Bernard to race home, making it 2-0.
It remained that way until the Barton sixth when pinch runner Izaak Jozwiak stole third and scored when the throw went into left field.
Bernard singled twice.
Komorowski, who went the first four innings, fanned seven and walked four. He yielded four hits.
IN the nightcap, Bassa, a former Martins Ferry product, went the route with half-a-dozen strikeouts. He allowed five hits.
The Braves (2-0) scored all of their runs in the same inning as Bernard, Dmitri Collaros and Colton Coss all banged RBI singles.
“Tyler is our ace. He pitched in that league in Virginia last year and today was the reason why,” Barton manager Billy Timko said. “The same with Austin. He pitched a great game.”
Chris Gillette and Donovan Spencer each had two singles each for the Bobcats (0-2).
“Both pitchers pitched well,” Weirton assistant coach Perry Miotlowski said. “I was happy with our pitching bit I wasn’t happy with our hitting. It’ll come around, however.”
Weirton remains on the road tonight in Belmont County as it treks to Maynard. Barton visits Moundsville, also tonight. Both games begin at 6.