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May 18, 2014

Bulldogs even series against Tartars

ENTERPRISE — Garrett Glenn called pitching in a tight game nerve-wracking, so it’s fair to assume pitching in a tight elimination game would add to the nerves significantly.

But you never could tell by looking at the scoreboard at Enterprise High School Saturday.

After getting beaten by Taylorsville High School, 10-0, Friday night in the South State round of the MHSAA Class 2A playoffs, the Bulldogs needed Glenn to come up big in order to keep their season alive. Glenn delivered, tossing seven scoreless frames as Enterprise tied the series 1-1 with a 3-0 win Saturday night.

The Bulldogs wouldn’t give Glenn any runs to work with until the bottom of the sixth, but Glenn said he trusted his teammates would eventually back up his effort on the mound.

“I just wanted to come out and show my stuff,” he said. “I just had to have faith in the team.”

Enterprise head coach John Welch said he was highly impressed with Glenn’s outing after Glenn surrendered just three hits and four walks along with fanning five Tartar batters.

“That’s as good of a game as he’s pitched this year,” Welch said. “He just competed. He walked some people early and gave up some hits, but every time he needed to bear down and get after it, he got after it. He threw as good as he could throw tonight, and I’m so proud of how he competed and how we played defense.”

After a quick 5 1/2 innings, Enterprise finally began to make some noise on the base paths. Hunter Harper started the inning by reaching first on an error, and Glenn moved him over to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Tartars intentionally walked the next batter, Jason McCutcheon, and after the following batter got out, Brandon Whitaker reached first on an infield single to load the bases.

That brought Noah Pogue to the plate, who promptly drew a four-pitch walk to score the game’s first run.

“With one and two strikes, he’s free to swing right there,” Welch said of Pogue’s at-bat. “He did a good job not swinging at balls out of the zone. He did a great job of drawing a walk in a big situation.”

But the Bulldogs weren’t finished, as Daniel Alwell followed up the walk with a two-RBI single to extend Enterprise’s lead and give Glenn a little more breathing room.

“My confidence level was out of this world — it was there,” Glenn said of finally having a lead with which to work.

And Glenn retired the side, giving Enterprise a chance to fight another day in hopes of making the Class 2A title series.

“After going to their place and getting beat bad, coming back and fighting and scratching and finding a way to win a really close game, that’s huge for our kids and community,” Welch said. “I’m just so proud of what we did tonight.”

Whitaker finished the game 3-for-3 with a double, and Harper, Alwell and Brady Bilello each had a hit for Enterprise. No one for Taylorsville had more than one hit.

The Tartars’ Brody Bray took the loss, surrendering three runs on six hits in six innings pitched. He also walked three and struck out seven.

The Bulldogs (25-8-1) will play the third and final game of the series at 3 p.m. today at Taylorsville.

 

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