May River’s offense manufactured a few runs early, and freshman Tysen Brasington and a pair of relievers held rival Bluffton scoreless over the last five innings Monday to outduel Bobcats ace Nico Martucci and hold on for a 4-2 win at home to open the two-game Region 7-4A series.
Brasington got the game 1 start with senior Newberry commit Bennett Roemer out indefinitely after being hit in the hand by a pitch last week against James Island, and the freshman impressed, holding the Bobcats to two runs (one earned) and one hit over four innings. He walked four but limited the damage with six strikeouts.
The Bobcats scraped one across in the first when Cody Bradt led off with a single, swiped second and took third on a wild pitch before Jayden Timmins lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score him. The Sharks loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half but only managed to push across one run on Trace Mischik’s single to score James Layman, who led off with a single.
Bluffton had four baserunners in the second inning but had one caught stealing and settled for just one run, as Austin Murray scored on a passed ball with two outs. Brasington settled in and struck out the side in the third, working around a one-out hit-by-pitch, then struck out the last two batters in the fourth following a one-out walk.
A pair of one-out singles from Braulio Bautista and James Layman set the table in the bottom of the second, and Davis Rose came through with a two-out double to drive in both and give the Sharks their first lead at 3-2. May River tacked on another run in the third, when Joseph Schroeder singled to left to score Brasington.
Landon Fisher relieved Brasington in the fifth and retired the side in order to begin a stellar night for the Sharks’ bullpen. Kevin Brown singled up the middle with two outs in the sixth, but Fisher induced pinch-hitter Gavin Carrick to bounce to Layman at short to end the threat and Layman sat down the Bobcats in order in the seventh.
BLHS 110 000 0 — 2 3 1
MRHS 121 000 x — 4 10 1
WP: Tysen Brasington 4 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 K, 4 BB
LP: Nico Martucci 6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 K, 1 BB
Sv: James Layman 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
MRHS: James Layman 2-4, 2R; Davis Rose 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Trace Mischik 2-2, SB, RBI; Joseph Schroeder 1-3, RBI; Braulio Bautista 1-3, R
BLHS: Cody Bradt 2-4, 3 SB, R; Kevin Brown 1-2, BB, SB
Up next: MRHS (3-5, 3-2) at Bluffton (3-5, 1-2) on Thursday
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