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March 4, 2014

Pogue, Bulldogs cruise to win versus Warriors

MERIDIAN —     Enterprise and Russell Christian squared off in the opening game of the 2014 Clarkdale Invitational at Clarkdale High School, with Enterprise defeating Russell Christian, 14-5.

    The Bulldogs jumped on Russell early and often, scoring five runs in each of the first two innings.

    “We hit the ball better tonight,” said Enterprise coach Johnny Welch of his squad, which pounded out 12 hits in the contest.

    Enterprise (2-1) catcher Jason McCutchen drove in the first runs of the game with a sharp single to center, scoring Brady Bilello and Daniel Alwell.  

    Bulldog pitcher Noah Pogue capped the frame with a two-out, two-run double to deep left-center field.    

    Pogue tossed three innings in earning the win, giving up no runs and no hits, while striking out four.

    “I was able to throw my curveball pretty well,” Pogue said. “I placed my strikes well, and I had a lot of help from [McCutchen].”  

    “We look forward to a lot of good things from [Pogue],” Welch added.

    Pogue was making his first start since sustaining a pelvis injury playing football.

    In the second inning, Enterprise took advantage of two Russell errors, with all five runs scored being unearned.

    The Warriors (2-6) committed four errors in the contest.

    “We’ve got to get a little more mentally tough,” Russell coach Landry Lyon said. “We’ve got to work harder at being able to handle adversity.”

    Yet the Warriors wouldn’t go down easily. With the possibility of being the victim of the 10-runs-after-five mercy rule, Russell plated one run in the fourth and four more in the fifth inning.

    Russell’s Josh Boswell drove in Jacob Stephens and Christian Moore with a two-out, two-run single to left, while Brett Boland AND Tyler Reeves both came around to score after bases-loaded walks.

    “That was the silver lining, I guess you could say,” Lyon said. “With practice and repetition, eventually we will get to that spot of playing on a consistent basis.”

    Enterprise answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame, and the game was eventually called due to the Invitational two-hour time limit.

    Despite the lopsided victory, Welch recognizes that his squad still needs to fine tune the small things to become the team that they’re capable of.

    “We’ve got to learn how to finish,” he said. “We’re a long way away from being real good. We have to throw strikes when we’re up 10 runs, can’t walk folks. Can’t leave so many runners on base. Those kind of things we have to be able to do. I liked what we did tonight, but we have to do that for the full game.

    “We’ve just got to learn how to finish and we will be OK.”

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