Good pitching and good offense led to a pair of wins in three games over the weekend for the Carthage baseball team at the Springdale, Ark. baseball tournament.
The Tigers lost to Jonesboro 7-2 Friday evening, but bounced back to top Gravett 11-1 and Cassville 8-6 on Saturday.
A four-run fifth inning for Jonesboro Friday was the dagger for Carthage.
“A couple errors, a couple passed balls. It kind of opened the gates for them,” Carthage head coach Mike Godfrey said.”
Drew Bridges got the start on the mound and tossed five innings, allowing just three hits. Bridges allowed five runs, but only two were earned. Brett Stout pitched the last two innings.
Offensively, the Tigers collected six hits in the game. Taylor Bogle had a double and finished with two hits. Gabe Franklin had two hits, and Jordan Musser added a double and Seth Beckner added a triple.
Carthage rolled over Gravett Saturday in a five-inning game, as the Tigers hit four homeruns in the contest.
Beckner had a homer and a double to go along with four runs batted in, and Bridges went 3-4 at the plate with two homers and five RBI’s. Miles Goade added a solo homerun, Sam Carlton picked up two hits and Franklin had another two-hit game.
Jordan Musser pitched five innings and scattered three hits. He struck out four and allowed the only run.
Against Cassville, Carthage led 6-1 before the Wildcats scored five runs in the fifth to tie it. Carthage bounced back with two runs in the top of the seventh and held on for the win.
Cade Harris pitched a complete game and allowed nine hits, with all but three coming in the fifth inning.
Bridges had another big day on offense, with three hits in four at bats. He drove in two and scored a pair. Goade was 3-4 with a double and an RBI, and Beckner added a two-run homer.
Godfrey said the Tigers’ performance was about what he expected.
“I thought pitching and defense would be our strengths,” he said. “I felt like those both showed up well. We did a good job at the plate making adjustments. The first time through we had some trouble with a couple pitchers we faced, and the second time through we got on them pretty good, Saturday especially. The bunting game kind of opened some things up in the Gravett game. We had a couple bunt base hits. That opened up a big inning early in that game.”
Except for one bad inning on Friday, Godfrey liked what he saw from the Carthage defense.
“Overall we made routine plays and did a good job,” he said. “Our outfielders made a couple nice plays. The infield was very steady. It was pretty solid all day.”
Godfrey also found little to complain about with his team’s pitching.
“Our guys did a really good job,” he said. “We threw strikes and stayed ahead of hitters. Other than one inning in three games, we played really good defense behind them. Our guys threw strikes and let us play defense.”