Spartans shut out Braves for home win

(L-R) NIck Browning, Robbie Stevenson, Tal Glass and Cameron Wagner cheer on Josh Truan after his hit in Thursday
(L-R) NIck Browning, Robbie Stevenson, Tal Glass and Cameron Wagner cheer on Josh Truan after his hit in Thursday's game.
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Glass, Wagner combine to toss a five-hitter against visiting Blanchet.

The Bainbridge baseball team is in a state of constant flux due to several players moving around to see who becomes the second and third starters.

Tal Glass and Cameron Wagner did their part to keep things static for the moment.

The junior and the senior combined on a five hitter as the Spartans defeated the Bishop Blanchet Braves 6-0 on Thursday.

Glass went four innings and gave up just three hits while walking two and striking out three. Wagner went the rest of the way, allowing two hits and no walks.

“I can’t say enough about the kid (Glass),” head coach Jayson Gore said. “He is going to be one of the guys we’re going to rely on a lot. He’s a quality starting pitcher.”

He was also impressed with Wagner’s relief appearance.

“Wags (Wagner) did a great job throwing strikes,” Gore said.

Bainbridge scored first in the first, as shortstop Zach Peach singled, then came home on a single by third baseman Brenden Gent when the throw home went high.

It stayed that way until the fifth, when first baseman Josh Truan doubled into the gap. Kauika Peloti grounded out, but Peach walked. Second baseman Matt Frazee then caught the pitcher off guard with a bunt single. After the shortstop’s throw was late, the Blanchet first baseman threw to get Truan, but it went over the third baseman’s head allowing him to score. Peach scored on another Gent single.

The Spartans added some insurance runs in the sixth, but not without some controversy.

Centerfielder Michael Heald was at bat with a 2-2 count when he checked his swing on a high pitch, but it sounded like it hit the bat and the catcher caught it for the foul tip. The umpire didn’t rule it that way, however, drawing the wrath of the Blanchet team and their fans.

Heald eventually walked, and the Spartans capitalized, as catcher Taurean Yamada advanced Heald to third on a hit and run. Truan scored him on a nice squeeze bunt, then Peach brought home Tim Draluck (who was in as a pinch runner for Yamada) and Peloti (who reached on an error) with a double.

Glass and Wagner did their job on the mound, but also got some help from their outfield, as Peloti made a great diving catch in the third, Heald chased down several fly balls in center and JK Spencer made two excellent running catches in the seventh to close the game out.

“We’ve had some guys come up with some big plays,” Peach said. “It was great to get out here and get things going.”

Bainbridge played Blanchet yesterday. They host Cleveland at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

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