Pierce pitches St. Al past Hartfield
Published 12:55 am Sunday, March 1, 2015
MADISON — At the end of one inning Saturday, Will Pierce had thrown two dozen pitches, given up two runs and seemed headed for a long, hard day.
Luckily, he figured things out in a hurry.
Pierce didn’t allow another run after his shaky first inning and needed only 89 pitches total to throw a complete game as St. Aloysius beat Hartfield Academy 6-2.
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“My fastball wasn’t working early. I had to throw a few breaking pitches to get my groove together,” said Pierce, who allowed two hits and three walks while striking out six. “I fixed my position that I was throwing in. I started throwing more downhill, got the ball down a little bit and started throwing more strikes.”
Lane Hynum went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Jacob Breeden was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored as St. Al (2-0) came from behind to win for the second straight day.
Garrett Breithaupt also singled in a run and scored twice, and Connor Smith had two hits.
Hynum’s RBI single durng a four-run second inning gave the Flashes the lead for good, and he added another RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to bring in an insurance run.
In two games, Hynum is 4-for-6 with four RBIs. In both, he’s had the hit that put St. Al ahead to stay.
“I’m seeing the ball really well right now,” Hynum said. “When (St. Al coach Steve Hancock) became the head coach he started preaching ‘hit the top inside of the ball.’ It’s really helped me see the ball and stay through it, and to use the whole field to hit.”
Although it’s only two games into the season, the Flashes are already showing a scrappy side. They came from behind twice to beat Madison-St. Joe on Friday night, then shook off Saturday’s slow start to win.
Hynum, a junior second baseman, feels that’s part of the DNA of this year’s team.
“Last year, I think we quit when we got down,” Hynum said. The atmosphere of this team is a lot better. We haven’t quit. We just keep going and fighting and we’re doing a great job.”
St. Andrew’s 12, Vicksburg 1
Germantown 9, Vicksburg 1
Vicksburg High’s season got off to an inauspicious start Saturday, as the Gators were run-ruled by St. Andrew’s 12-1 and then lost the second game of a split doubleheader to Germantown, 9-1.
Lee Middleton and Sean East drove in the Gators’ runs.
In the second game, Germantown scored three times in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed. Germantown’s Chance Cotton had two hits and drove in two runs, while pitcher Connor McGraw had 11 strikeouts in five innings.