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Tigers trounce Islands High

FPCA drops close one

POSTED: March 9, 2012 10:08 a.m.
Photo by Patty Leon/

Tiger Mitch Rogers slides safely to third in Tuesday’s 15-0 rout over Islands high School in the Tigers’ region opener at home.

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Bradwell played near-perfect baseball Tuesday to beat Islands High, 15-0, at home in four innings for its first Region 3-AAAAA win of the season.
The Tigers, who are 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the region, host Windsor Forest at 5 p.m. tonight for a doubleheader.
Against Islands High, the Tigers scored 15 runs off 14 hits in the game. The home team scored six runs in the first inning and eight in the second inning before the Sharks changed pitchers in the third and temporarily stopped the Tiger runs.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the boys sealed the game by scoring the final two runs needed to enact the run-rule.
Jacob Dill started the game and pitched the first three innings, giving up three hits.
Mitch Rogers came in for the fourth inning and quickly retired three batters to give his team its last at-bat. 
“I’m excited for the guys to have their first region win,” Tiger coach Rhett Hellgren said. “We’ve been working on our two-strike hitting, and today we fought off more pitches than I have seen in a long time. Mitch and Jacob both threw 70 percent strikes. And that is what we have to have our pitchers do.”
Hellgren said the Tigers have stepped up the tempo at practice.
“I think that is what paid off today,” he said. “We are really trying to improve on all the little things in baseball that we were not able to do in years past.”
Hellgren was pleased with the increased level of communication between his players.
“A prime example was the on-deck batter, Mitch … There was a base hit, and Mitch was at home plate telling Xavier (John) which way to slide, and you just don’t see that in high school baseball,” he said. “In the college and pros you see that,  but … Mitch had it right there, he knew exactly where John was supposed to be and that was a heads-up play right there.”
In other area baseball news, First Presbyterian Christian Academy lost, 7-5, to Edmund Burke Tuesday in Waynesboro. The Highlanders will travel next Friday to Augusta to face Curtis Baptist.
According to maxpreps.com, FPCA is 0-1 overall and 0-1 in Region 2-AA.

 

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