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April 27, 2014

Sophomore starter strong as Enterprise wins series vs. Mize

ENTERPRISE — ENTERPRISE — He may only be a sophomore, but Enterprise High School starter Noah Pogue pitched like an upperclassmen Saturday afternoon in a big game for the hometown Bulldogs.

Tied 1-1 in the series against Mize High School in the first round of the MHSAA Class 2A playoffs, the hometown Bulldogs needed a Pogue to throw a strong game in order to advance past this weekend. And Pogue delivered, tossing seven innings of two-run ball as Enterprise defeated the visiting Bulldogs, 8-2.

Pogue tallied six strikeouts, allowed five hits and walked two in his win, and head coach John Welch said Pogue did a great job on the mound.

“He’s pitched well all year,” Welch said. “He’s thrown some relief for us in division, and he’s thrown almost every Saturday and been really good all year. I trust him a lot. I trust if we can get to Game 3, then he’s going to be really good for us. He’s pretty cool, calm and collected and mature for a sophomore.”

The Enterprise bats helped Noah’s cause by generating nine runs, and the hometown Bulldogs never trailed in the contest. After taking an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the closest Mize would get was cutting it to 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Alex Little scored on a fielder’s choice.

But the hometown Bulldogs made it 4-1 in the bottom half of the frame when Wesley Robinson came in from third on a sacrifice fly by Brady Billelo and Daniel Alwell was driven in on a double by Hunter Harper.

Enterprise tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth when Jacob Cunningham came home on a throwing error and an RBI single by Alwell scored Brandon Whitaker. Robinson also scored on a fielder’s choice.

In the top of the sixth, Mize scored its other run on an RBI single by Chay Herring. Enterprise answered in the bottom half of the inning when a Reece Williams RBI single sent home Austin Robinson.

Jonathon Hart took the loss for Mize, pitching 3 2/3 innings and surrendering four runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

After dropping the opening contest of the series 12-0 Thursday night, Welch said he was proud of his team fighting back to win the next two games. The hometown Bulldogs claimed a 12-0 victory Thursday night.

“It was huge,” Welch said. “We didn’t play very well the first game. To come back and to overcome getting beat in Game 1 of the playoffs and keep playing hard and mentally being able to compete and win, that’s huge for us.”

Enterprise (20-6-1) advances to the second round of the Class 2A playoffs. It will host Madison-St. Joseph in a series beginning Thursday.

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