Royals Survive And Advance
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
May 28, 2014, 19:17
Brandon Pearce releases a pitch in the first inning of his 15-5 Conference 12 playoff game against Meadowbrook.
MATOACA—All season long Prince George coach Mickey Roberts has wanted his team to jump out to an early lead against the teams they had been playing. In Tuesday nights’ Conference 25 tournament opener he got just that as his Royals scored 11 runs in the first three innings and went on for the 16-5 victory over Meadowbrook.
Despite the early offensive outpouring, Roberts criticized his team for allowing the Monarchs to pick up five runs in the late innings. At this point in the season, he said, the team should be playing better than that, even with the backups on the field.
“We played well the first three innings and (pitcher) Brandon Pearce did a good job. Then we kind of lost our edge there in the fourth and fifth innings and let them score some runs. We put in some guys, but we still have to have guys go in and make plays. It was just a lack of communication,” Roberts said.
Pearce earned the win with three shut-out innings before Roberts went to his bench. At that point, the Monarchs took advantage of the changes scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning and three more in the top of fifth.
But if the unusual suspects had problems getting outs, they didn’t have problems scoring runs. After allowing Meadowbrook to close the score to 11-2, the Royals broke the game open sending 11 batters to the plate for their second consecutive five-run inning.
Roberts credited freshmen Preston Stringer and Connor Daly with their play. Stringer scored three runs, and Daly scored once and drove in a run on a pair of singles and a walk. Austin Ramsey also scored three times and had two singles in two at bats, and a pair of runs batted in (RBIs). Among the usual suspects, Jordan Nase had a single, was walked twice, and scored three runs, Bryce Harrup had two singles and scored twice, and Matt Burgess was two-for-two with three RBIs.
“Jackson Rivera had a couple hits for us. Some of the guys you normally don’t hear form stepped up tonight,” Robert said.
Rivera had a triple and a single and scored twice. Roberts said his bench would be more and more important to the team as they moved through the tournament. With Manchester on the schedule for late Wednesday it was likely some of those players would be needed to get a hit late in the game.
“We need those types of guys to step up tomorrow night and get a couple hits for us. We split the two games we played with them (Manchester) this year, so it will be interesting,” Roberts said.
Meadowbrook 000 23 – 5 5 2
Prince George 245 5x – 16 14 4
Bunns, Brown (4), and Lewellen. Pearce, Runion (4), and Rotzoll, Burgess (3). W — Pearce. L — Bunns.
Highlights: Joe Medina (M) 2 for 3; Austin Ramsey (PG) 2 for 2, 2 RBIs; Bryce Harrup (PG) 2 for 4; Connor Daly (PG) 2 for 3, RBI; Jackson Rivera (PG) 2 for 3, triple, two runs; Matt Burgess (PG) 2 for 2.
Records: Meadowbrook 1-20, Prince George 13-8