PCA’s Hales handcuffs Confederates|[3/2/05]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 2, 2005

A night after one of the worst defensive meltdowns in school history, Hayden Hales figured out an easy way to keep Porters Chapel from making any more errors.

Don’t let anyone hit the ball.

Hales struck out 13 of the 17 batters he faced, including 10 in a row at one point, and didn’t allow a ball out of the infield as PCA routed Sharkey-Issaquena 10-0.

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“Hayden had great command of his pitches tonight. He was around the strike zone, his fastball had a lot of pop, his curveball was very sharp and he looked like a million dollars tonight,” PCA coach Randy Wright said.

Dean Hill homered for the second straight game and knocked in three runs, while Moose Carney was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Brady Towne, Judd Mims and Dan Ivey also had two hits apiece for PCA (1-1, 1-0 District 7-A).

PCA committed 11 errors in a season-opening loss to Indianola on Monday, but there seemed little chance of a repeat once Hales got rolling.

SIA (0-1) leadoff man Tyler Hankins reached on an infield single in the first – on a ball that dribbled foul, then fair along the first base line – before Hales put the clamps on. He struck out the next 10 batters, a string that wasn’t broken until Chet Maranto hit a weak pop up to second in the fourth inning.

“After the first strikeout, I got pumped up,” said Hales, who also doubled and drove in a run with a groundout. “I just kept throwing strikes, and my curveball kept curving like it was.”

PCA, meanwhile, was having no problems hitting the ball.

Carney’s three-run double in the first helped the Eagles jump out to a 5-0 lead, and Hill made it 7-0 with a two-run homer in the second.

A pair of unearned runs followed in the third, and PCA finished it with an RBI double by Hill in fifth. The hit gave the Eagles a 10-0 lead and ended the game via the mercy rule. It also marked the second straight game PCA scored 10 runs.

“Tonight, we did what we were supposed to do with the baseball. He was throwing it across the plate and we’re supposed to hit it, and we did,” Wright said. We’ve played two games and scored 20 runs, so we’re doing enough offensively to win games.”

St. Al 11, Bogue Chitto 1

Andy Wiles struck out 10 batters and allowed only one run in a mercy-rule shortened game at Bazinsky Field.

Jordan Muirhead singled, doubled and tripled, and Blake Tidwell and Ryno Martin-Nez added a pair of hits for the Flashes (2-4).