Griffin McBride finished with a complete game win with 17 strikeouts and only allowed three hits in the first game. He only walked one and the run he allowed was unearned.
Rose Hill pitcher Griffin McBride had an unusually good day in an 8-1 win in the Rockets’ first game against El Dorado Thursday.
It isn’t strange for McBride to have a good outing on the hill, but it is rare for any pitcher to have 13 strikeouts through four innings. He struck out four hitters in the second thanks to one strike out victim reaching base on a throwing error after a dropped third strike.
Even when McBride wasn’t striking out Wildcat hitters, he was still recording outs.
In the fifth inning, El Dorado got a lead-off double from Braeden Henderson and a single by Ridge Towner to give the Wildcats their first scoring threat. Lead-off hitter Gage Armstrong flew out to left field, but he did move the runners up to second and third with only one out.
El Dorado Head Coach Scott Camien decided to roll the dice with Dacota Motter at the plate. He sent Henderson home on a squeeze play and Motter got the bat on the bunt at the plate. But McBride made a diving grab and ran to third base himself to complete the unassisted double-play to end the inning.
Rose Hill got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth when Dylan Sinclair singled and reached second on an error. Kyle Boal ripped another single to drive in Sinclair to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead.
The bottom of the fifth was a big inning for Rose Hill. The Rockets began the inning with two straight line drives to Motter at shortstop. But Sam Grant doubled into right field. A dropped foul ball kept Garrett Forsberg’s at bat alive. Forsberg walked and wild pitches a single by Nate Scantlin and two wild pitches brought three Rose Hill runs across the plate. Sinclair drove in another run on his next at bat to make the score 5-0 after 5 innings.
The Rockets added three more runs to take an 8-0 run into the final inning.
McBride gave up a ground rule double to Spencer Dodson to start the Wildcats’ final at bat. A groundout and a strikeout gave McBride a chance to secure his complete game shutout.
But Armstrong hit a high fly ball to left that was misplayed allowing Dodson to score.
A groundout to second base ended the game with a score of 8-1 in favor of the Rockets.
McBride finished his complete game win with 17 strikeouts and only allowed three hits. He only walked one and the run he allowed was unearned.
The Rockets completed the sweep with a 13-3 win in the second game of the double-header.
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