Boyd-Buchanan has enough confidence to know that a big inning is potentially coming in almost every game.
Opponents realize a big-time rally is a distinct possibility, as well.
Boyd-Buchanan lit up the scoreboard again Tuesday, scoring seven runs in the second inning to back the combined one-hit pitching of Clayton Parker and Jim Cardwell while cruising to a 13-1 District 5-A high school baseball victory over Arts & Sciences.
“You don’t play for big innings,” Bucs coach Josh Rider said, “but we’ll take them when they come, for sure.”
Body-Buchanan, which beat the Patriots, 7-4, on Monday, scored two unearned runs in the first inning on Parker’s double and Austin Bailey’s single.
The Bucs (15-5, 6-0) put Arts & Sciences away with the big second inning, highlighted by Austin Cline’s two-run homer to center field.
“As a team, we feed off each other,” Cline said. “If one person gets on or one person gets a hit, it just multiplies. Usually when we score runs it’s seven in an inning or five in an inning, not one here and one there. We usually get them in bunches.”
Patriots starter Collin Thul walked Reid Smith to start the inning. He went on second on an errant pickoff throw and stole third, scoring when the throw from catcher Matt Smelcer went into left field.
Thul walked the next three, reloading the bases. Andrew Peace scored on Nathan Murrell’s groundout for the second out in the inning. Parker drew the fifth walk of the inning and Bailey delivered a run-scoring single. With the wind blowing out, Cline delivered his two-run shot – his second of the season – over the fence in center field.
Smith and Peace each reached on errors – the Patriots (6-10, 3-4) committed four miscues in the inning – but Thul struck out Blake Cordle to end the uprising.
“Hitting has always been the best thing I’ve done,” said Cline, who went 1-for-3. “I’ve never been a great fielder, but I seem to get in the lineup, so I like to take pride in myself on that.”
Cline pretty much knew the ball was gone, but he took no chances. After hitting the long drive, he tore off to first and then when the ball cleared the fence he slowed into a home-run trot.
“It was similar to the ball I hit (Monday) and I kind of walked to first base,” he said. “It hit the fence and I only got a single. You learn from experience, so I ran this time.”
Bailey went 3-for-4, with three RBIs – one on each of three singles.
Murrell and Parker each had two hits.
“We’re really hitting the ball and we’re doing things we need to do to be the best in the state,” said Bailey, who added he was batting .418, with three homes, going into Tuesday’s game. “Things are going pretty good for me so far.”
The Bucs added three runs in the third, with Rance Harden slapping a one-out, solo homer off reliever Tanner Lee to start the rally. Murrell singled and scored on Parker’s double to left-center field. Bailey followed with an RBI single to left.
Body-Buchanan capped its scoring in the fourth with a single run resulting from a hit batsman, a walk, a hit batsman and another walk by Aaron Steinberg. Justin Brown, the fourth Patriots’ pitcher, came on to record three outs and end the inning.
Parker (2-1) stayed in the dugout after spending four innings pitching in a light rain. He was effective from start to finish, though.
The hard-throwing right-hander, whose pitches ranged from 85 to 88 mph on a radar gun behind the plate, retired the first nine before Patriots second baseman Chaison Gordon singled cleanly to right field.
Parker then struck out three in a row and fanned nine in the game.
“I felt very good,” said Parker, a University of Alabama signee. “I was throwing a lot more strikes than I have been and didn’t walk anybody.”
Parker threw 42 pitches, 35 for strikes.
Sophomore Jim Cardwell, a sophomore right-hander, finished up. He gave up the Patriots’ only run on an infield groundout. Cardwell walked two and struck out one.
“I’m glad we got a hit and a run on the board,” Patriots coach Rik Herrmann said.
“(Monday’s game) was 2-0 going into the seventh and they scored five and we scored four. (Tuesday) we worked hard on taking really good two-strike approaches and putting the ball in play. We just missed pitches all day long, but their pitcher made some really good pitches, too.”
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Thul, Lee (3), Steinberg (4), Brown (4) and Smelcer.
(E-mail Larry Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org)