Grayson County improved its 12th District baseball record to a perfect 4-0 with a five-inning, 10-0 win over the visiting Butler County Bears at Don Lee Field on Wednesday.
Junior left-hander Wyatt Skaggs pitched five shutout inning to pick up the win. Skaggs allowed just one hit to the Bears, a second-inning single by second-baseman Eddie Phelps. The Bears had just four base-runners all day, three of which came on walks, and none of the runners advanced past second base. Skaggs finished his stint with eight strikeouts.
The Cougars put their stamp on the game in the first inning as they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs. They added four more runs in the second inning, and when the Bears did not score in the next three innings, the game was halted by the mercy rule. The Bears did not help themselves on defense as they committed five errors in the game, three of them in the first inning..
Grayson County had just seven hits off of two Bear pitchers, but they made the most of them. Junior first-baseman Jordan Turner drove in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly. Alex Shellhart drove in two with a single and a fielder’s choice, and Corbin Harris drove in a pair with a groundout and an infield single.
The Cougars got more than they would need in the bottom of the first against Bear starter and loser, Blake Graham. Leadoff hitter Logan Ramsey reached base on a throwing error, then stole second base. Jameson Van Meter reached on an infield single, putting runners at first and second.
After Skaggs flew out, Joseph Anthony reached on another Bear error to load the bases. Alex Shellhart singled to right to drive in Ramsey with the game’s first run, and the bases were still loaded with just one out. Turner then singled up the middle, driving in two more runs to make it 3-0.
Dylan Woodcock then singled on the infield to drive in another run and put runners at the corners. After Woodcock stole second base, Harris grounded out to second driving in Turner to make it 5-0 , and moving Woodcock to third, from where he later scored the sixth run of the inning on a wild pitch.
The Cougars put the game away with four more runs in the second inning. Van Meter was safe on another Bear throwing error, then went to third when Skaggs doubled down the line into the left-field corner. Skaggs was replaced on the bases by Jarrett Crawford and Anthony followed with a grounder to short which drove in Van Meter. When the throw was wild at the plate, Anthony was able to move into second.
Shellhart topped a ball to short which drove in Crawford, and Shellhart was safe at first when the throw to the plate was not in time. A passed ball moved Shellhart to second before Turner drove in his third run of the night with a fly-ball sacrifice to center-field.
Harris followed with an infield single which scored Shellhart from second. When the throw went to home, Harris tried to reach second base, but was thrown out to end the inning. But the Cougars had all the runs they would need.
Skaggs was on top of his game from the start. He walked the first man he faced, but retired the next three batters, two of them on strikes. After Skaggs gave up a one-out single to Phelps in the second, he got Cody Casteel to pop out and struck out Clark Parker to end the inning.
The Bears put a runner at second with one out in the third, but Skaggs struck out Trevor Parker and got Graham to ground out to Turner at first. In the fourth, Skaggs walked Phelps with two outs, but struck out Casteel to close out the inning. Skaggs then worked a 1-2-3 fifth to end the game.