Pine pulls away from Bowling Green

Published 9:41 am Friday, June 20, 2014

Pine scored seven runs during the sixth inning to break open a 5-4 lead and capture a 12-5 victory in summer baseball action at home Tuesday.

Pine had a 5-4 lead through six innings and held the Buccaneers off of the board in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom of the frame, the Raiders did a good job of hitting for the big inning.

Cole Clint began the rally with a one-out single, which began a hit parade for the Raiders.

The Raiders strung six consecutive hits together, which included Clint’s single. After his hit, Hunter Cooper and then Jamie Adcox singled to leftfield. Clint attempted to score, but Dillon Morris came up throwing and fired a strike to catcher Cameron Gatewood, who applied the tag in time to get Clint at home and keep it 5-4. Adcox and Copper both moved up on the throw.

Jordan Phelps was next and he hit a rocket to third that wasn’t able to be fielded. Cooper and Adcox scored to make it 7-4. Jonathan Lyons, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, then singled in Phelps for an 8-4 advantage. After Connor Holmes singled and Trey Cooper walked, Landon Fonda reached on an error, which allowed Lyons and Homes to tally. Rion Terrell was next and he reached on another miscue, which sent Trey Cooper and Fonda to the plate for the 12-4 advantage.

Fonda, who will be a junior next season, finished with two hits.

“I’ve been hitting in the cage a good bit and getting my swing back right,” Fonda said.

Bowling Green scored once in the seventh when Zack Bell was hit and later scored on Gatewood’s RBI triple.

The game started out as a battle of starting pitchers. Pine’s Rion Terrell and Bowling Green’s Caleb McKenzie both threw the ball well Tuesday.

Terrell threw 3.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

Trey Cooper took the mound with two outs in the fourth and finished the game, allowing two runs on two hits.

Pine coach Blake Dillon praised his pitchers.

“We had two going to be sophomores that threw for us today,” Dillon said. “They threw strikes, threw a good complete game. They’re throwing good for us. Rion is going to be a starter for us this year on the mound, filling in some spots. He got a few fill in starts for us this past year and Trey is going to be getting some time on the mound.”

McKenzie tossed 2.2 innings, allowing two runs (both unearned) on two hits with three strikeouts.

“He’s a big addition for us,” Bowling Green coach Hutch Gonzales said. “He came over from Franklinton. He’s probably going to be our ace. He’s a good ballplayer all around, but he’s really good on the mound.”

Gonzales said McKenzie also plays right field and first base.

“He’s a dynamite first baseman. He hits the ball well. He’s going to be good for us,” Gonzales said.

The game was scoreless after two, but Bowling Green scored a pair of runs in the third.

Cameron Cowart doubled down the left field line and moved to third on a wild pitch. Morris walked and stole second.

Both players scored when McKenzie hit a grounder to second, but it was booted.

Cowart would’ve scored on the play for the RBI, but the miscue allowed Morris to come around and make it 2-0 in Bowling Green’s favor.

Pine tied things in the bottom of the inning.

Fonda singled before being forced at second on a grounder by Terrell, but in an attempt to turn the double play, the peg at first was overthrown and into Bowling Green’s dugout.

The miscue allowed Terrell to move to second. After the second out, Ethan Knight doubled in Terrell and Knight scored when Austin Temples reached on an error to even things 2-2.

Bowling Green went back in front 3-2 in the fourth on one hit, two walks and an error.

Morris reached on an error, which allowed Matt Pierce to score. Pierce reached on a fielder’s choice after forcing a runner at second. It was 3-2 after 3.5 innings.

Pine took the lead for the first time in the bottom of fourth. Hunter Cooper began by walking, stealing second and then going to third on Adcox’s sacrifice bunt.

Phelps was hit and Lyons plated Cooper and Phelps with a two-run single.

Holmes, who logged two hits, singled and then scored when Trey Cooper reached on an error to give Pine a 5-3 advantage.

Bowling Green drew closer. Seth Schilling was hit and later scored when Brock Faust hit an RBI single to make it 5-4 after give.

It stayed that way until the sixth when the Raiders broke it open.

Also for the Buccaneers, Zack Panvelle recorded two hits with a single in the second and a double during the fourth.