Shadyside defeats Tuscarawas Catholic in D-IV sectional debut
SHADYSIDE — Good pitching and defense have been constants all season for the Shadyside baseball team. When you add the bats into the equation, the Tigers can be dangerous.
Korey Beckett and Eric Allen combined on a two-hitter and Shadyside cracked out 11 hits in rolling past visiting Tuscarawas Catholic, 9-1, Saturday afternoon in Division IV sectional tournament action at the sun-splashed Fleming Field Complex.
“Something that has been solid all season for us has been our pitching and defense, but with us it’s been the bats,” Shadyside head coach Shawn Selmon said. “When we bring our bats, we’re pretty tough to beat for sure.”
Beckett worked the first four frames, allowing two singles while striking out six and walking a pair. He threw 55 pitches, with 32 being strikes. Allen finished up with two punchouts and three base-on-balls. He needed just 47 offerings, of which 25 were in the strike zone.
The third-seeded Tigers (19-6) scored four times in the second inning on three hits and tacked on four more in the fourth on five safeties. Seven of the nine spots in the order recorded at least one base hit, with Jordan Joseph, Rhys Francis, Ryan Florence and Ben Wach all had a pair of base raps.
“Hitting is contagious for any ballclub, even if you aren’t hitting the ball,” Selmon explained. “Once you start getting those hits, it’s contagious and everyone starts getting on board with it and putting the ball in play. We hit the ball in some open spots today and moved some runners around.”
Jordan drove in three of the runs from the leadoff spot with a pair of singles. Francis tripled and singled to plate two and Wach singled and doubled from the No. 9 hole. Florence had two one-base knocks. Beckett and Alex Baker each singled.
Even though he didn’t have a hit, No. 8 hitter Grant Miller reached base and scored all three of his plate appearances.
Seeded 15th, the Saints (4-21) scored an unerarned run in the seventh.
Shadyside is back in action Wednesday when it hosts Strasburg at 5 p.m. in the sectional co-final. The sixth-seeded Tuscarawas County Tigers blanked Bridgeport, 6-0, on Saturday.