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May 3, 2014

Bulldogs complete sweep over St. Joseph

ENTERPRISE —  Save for one shaky inning, Enterprise High School had no trouble putting St. Joseph Catholic of Madison away, 7-4, in Game 2 of the first round of the MHSAA Class 2A playoffs.

The win gave the Bulldogs a series sweep, and head coach John Welch said he was proud of his team advancing but wanted to see more from his players as they go deeper into the postseason.

“Anytime you win in the playoffs and advance to the next round, that’s a big deal and something to be proud of, and we’re excited about that,” Welch said. “All that being said, we know we have to get a lot better to do beat Union (High School next) weekend. They’re a great baseball team, and we split with them in the regular season. We’ve got to do a much better job defensively in practice and get better.”

A couple of defensive miscues aided St. Joe in the top of the third inning as the Bulldogs saw a 5-0 lead shrink to 5-4. A Paco Bello RBI double plated one, and DeJour Evans for the Bruins followed it up with a double that sent home two, aided by a fielding error in the outfield. Evans then scored on another fielding error.

“We got ourselves in a bind,” Welch said of that inning. “We get a walk, we make an error, and we’re trying to throw a guy out at the plate and we get our eyes up and make an error. Those are plays those guys usually make. The moment got them, and we’ll get better at that this week and talk about that a lot this week.”

The Bulldogs extended their lead 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth when Wesley Robinson scored on an error. Enterprise added another run in the bottom of the sixth after Brandon Whitaker drew a bases-loaded walk, sending home Ben Moore.

In the bottom of the first, Enterprise got off to a quick start to take a 5-0 lead. Hunter Harper scored on a single by Whitaker, and Noah Pogue and Daniel Alwell both drew bases-loaded walks. Justin McCoy then had a two-run double for the Bulldogs.

Garrett Glenn got the win for Enterprise, going all seven innings and giving up just one earned run on one hit. He had four walks and struck out nine.

“He pitched well at times, and I don’t know if he lost focus or lost his stuff at times, but when we ran him out there in the sixth and seventh, he looked great,” Welch said of Glenn. “Those were his best two innings, and he finished the game strong. I was really proud of him for that and how he played through some adversity during the game.”

St. Joe starter Eric Diamond took the loss, lasting three innings and giving up five earned runs on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Bello pitched three innings of relief, giving up two runs, zero earned, on one hit with three walks and four strikeouts.

Harper, Whitaker, Reece Williams and Justin McCoy each had one of the Bulldogs’ four hits Friday.

Enterprise (22-6-1) will take on Union next week in the second round of the playoffs, host at 7 p.m. Friday.

 

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