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May 1, 2014

NEW WAVERLY BASEBALL — Bulldogs out to solid start

Roberts prevails in 1-0 pitchers’ duel as New Waverly takes first game of bi-district series

HUNTSVILLE — New Waverly outlasted Blooming Grove in a pitchers’ duel Thursday night to take a 1-0 victory to start playoff action.

The Bulldogs now hold a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series in the bi-district round and look to close things out tonight at 7 p.m.

“We hit well. We were hitting the ball really hard but the (Blooming Grove) outfield didn’t even having to move because we were hitting it on a line right to them,” New Waverly coach Chase Ledyard said. “We finally had some stuff kind of fall together.”

Troy Roberts pitched seven scoreless innings for New Waverly, giving up just five hits with five strikeouts.

Roberts’ last three strikeouts ended the game in impressive fashion. In the seventh inning, Blooming Grove had a lead-off double and the runner advanced to third on a missed pickoff attempt at second base.

Then, with no outs and a runner on third, Roberts put down the next three batters on his own.

“They threw their best pitcher and we threw our best and it was really a pitcher’s game,” Ledyard said. “There were probably four different innings when Troy had a runner in scoring position and got himself out of a jam with no outs. He just kept battling and got them out so I was really proud of the pitching.”

The lone run of the game came on a single by Billie Wilkie, who drove in Marshall Goodwin.

If the Bulldogs win tonight, they advance to the area round to face the winner of Clifton and Cameron Yoe.

A loss brings New Waverly back to Franklin for a third and decisive game against Blooming Grove on Saturday at 3 p.m.

 

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