Pearce Shuts Down Wave
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
May 7, 2014, 14:32
Brandon Pearce pitched a complete game two-hit shutout.
PETERSBURG—Coming into Tuesday night’s baseball contest against Petersburg, Royals Coach Mickey Roberts plan was to give Brandon Pearce some mound time and get as many players into the game as possible.
Pearce came through with a 78-pitch, six strike-out, two-hit shutout in a 10-0 win that went all seven innings. Conner Daily cracked a first-inning RBI single to score Preston Stringer with the game’s first run, and the Royal’s usual suspects took care of business in the field and at the plate the rest of the way.
The win lifts the Royals to 10-5 on the season, while the Crimson Wave falls to 3-8.
“I never try to take any games lightly. Petersburg is much improved. Any team can win a game on any given day, but we were able to get ahead early and play a lot of kids. We were able to get Pearce some innings; I think he threw 75 or 78 pitches,” Roberts said.
The Royals pushed eight runs across in the first three innings, and tailed off after that. The team picked up solo runs in the fifth and seventh inning to reach the 10-run mark. Mark King worked Petersburg’s David Bullock for a walk in the first inning, and scored on Brody Rotzoll’s sac fly. Joey Runion, Travis Wyatt, King, and Daly all scored in the second inning. Jackson Rivera and Travis Wyatt scored in the third inning to push the lead to 8-0.
Wyatt finished the game with two hits in three attempts; Trevor Myers had two hits in two at bats including a double. Bullock and Eric Boone both singled for Petersburg.
“Daly played well early in the game, he got a key hit that put us ahead in the first inning,” Roberts said.
Bullock settled down through the next three innings, only allowing one run during the 9-out span. In the fourth inning, he was able to induce three pop flies to close that inning. Bullock started to get into trouble in the fifth inning.
After Bullock got a fly out to left field to start off the sixth inning, Jordan Nase reached on a walk, and Stringer followed with a single. King stepped to the plate and ripped a hard liner to the right side of the infield, but Jordan Noggin made a diving catch for the second out. Stringer scored on a passed ball, and the last batter popped up to first to end the inning.
Jordan Nase turns on this pitch in the early innings.
Hunter Seay walked to open the seventh inning, and moved to third on Stringer’s one-out double. King’s sacrifice fly to right scored Seay, giving him two RBIs on the day.
“Anytime you can get out and play and swing the bats and get some reps under game conditions it’s beneficial,” Roberts said. “Petersburg is getting better. I saw 19 guys dressed out, and they’re coming along. They need to play games like this; it gives them a measuring stick. Games like this are going to help them in their conference play.”
Prince George 242 010 1 – 10 6 1
Petersburg 000 000 0 – 0 2 4
Pearce and Rotzoll, Burgess (3). Bullock, Evans (7) and Peterson, Noggin (7). W — Pearce. L — Bullock.
Highlights: Travis Wyatt (PG) 2 for 3, run; Trevor Myers (PG) 2 for 2, 2B; Brandon Pearce (PG) 6 Ks; James Dugger (Pet) 1B; David Bullock (Pet) 1B.
Records: Prince George 10-5; Petersburg 3-8