In a pitching duel like the one Augusta’s Garrett Hutson and Wellington’s Trevor Nance were in the midst of Thursday, often times it’s the plays around the pitchers that decide the game.
Unfortunately for Augusta’s baseball team, that adage was true. The Orioles made the wrong kind of plays to back up a strong pitching performance from Hutson. Augusta committed four errors, enough for Wellington to capitalize for a 2-1 victory.
The Orioles bounced back to win another low-scoring game in the nightcap 3-2 behind Mason Hiser’s strong pitching outing.
In game 1, the Orioles struggled to touch anything Nance threw. Nance kept them off-balance all day long and allowed only one hit. Nance’s only flaw of the game were the four walks he issued. He threw 10 strikeouts.
Hutson only allowed two hits, but both came in the same inning as the Crusaders took advantage. Wellington hit a lead-off double in the third, then a series of bizarre plays proved to being the Orioles’ undoing. Hutson later was called for a rare, questionable balk that put a runner on third base. The Crusaders drove him in with an infield single that wasn’t fielded cleanly. After a grounder and a walk advanced the runner to third, Hutson threw a pitch that got past the catcher for a second run.
The Orioles’ lone run came in the bottom of the sixth. Hutson drew his second walk of the game, then stole second base. That set up Michael Albright, who had a clean hit right up the middle for an RBI single. Albright stole second, as well, but Nance got the Orioles to strike out to end the inning.
Hutson finished with nine strikeouts.
Augusta next will host Wichita Collegiate Monday afternoon.
In game 2, Mason Hiser allowed just two hits in the game to pick up the win. Wellington led 1-0 after the top half of the first, but the Orioles came back with two in the bottom of the inning. Augusta added a run in the fourth for a 3-1 lead. Wellington scored one in the fifth, but the Orioles held the lead the rest of the way.