Ads overcome errors, Burgin in All 'A'

April 06, 2004|MARTY WARREN

What began as a pitchers duel between Danville's Jeremy Potts and Burgin's Daniel Howard turned into a comedy of errors for the Admirals Monday before Danville finally put away the Bulldogs 10-5 in the first round of the 12th Region All "A" Tournament at Admiral Field.

Senior Jeremy Potts, pitching for only the third time in his high school career, picked up his third win of the season in a complete game effort. He gave up five runs (none earned) and 12 hits, striking out nine and walking none in 99 pitches.

"He tired some late in the game and had to throw 30 extra pitches because we couldn't field the ball in the late innings," Danville coach Paul Morse said. "However, that's not all bad for someone that hasn't pitched before this year."

Meanwhile, Howard was an iron man for Burgin. He threw 140 pitches while giving up 10 runs (nine earned) on 14 hits and struck out eight.


"He was around the plate all afternoon and we were still in the game until we made a couple mental mistakes by misjudging fly balls," Burgin coach Terry Pitman said. "For the most part our defense backed him up well, but it's hard to beat a veteran team with freshmen. We have four or five of them out there and are going to take some lumps."

Danville scores first

The Ads (3-1) got on the board in the first when Potts walked, stole second and scored on Rich Witten's single to right center. Deangleo Durham, who led Danville with three hits, followed with a double but both runners were stranded when Davis Teater struck out and C.J. Lynn grounded out.

Burgin left runners at the corners with two outs in the second when Potts struck out Bobby Wylie to end the threat.

Danville missed a chance to add to their lead in the third when Potts, who added two hits to help his own cause, tripled to center field, but Howard settled down to strike out Witten and get Durham to ground out.

"We had chances early in the game to put the game away, but couldn 't come up with the key hits we needed to push the runs across," Morse said. "We're still not swinging the bats well at all. We have a couple guys doing a good job, but the rest of the team is taking a little longer to come around."

The Ads pushed across two more runs in the fourth on a one-out single to right by Deshaun Warren, and added four more in the fifth on RBI singles by Durham and Joey Beldon and a double by Warren.

Four errors on two plays

Danville carried a 7-0 advantage into the sixth inning but Burgin (0-3) scored five unearned runs on five errors, including four on two plays, in the final two frames to allow the Bulldogs a chance to get back into the game.

"We made substitutions late in the game and some of our guys became lackadaisical," Morse said. "They thought the game was over, but a seven run lead in high school baseball is nothing anymore."

One bright spot for the Ads was the hitting of Witten, who made his first start of the season as designated hitter after a bout with mononucleosis. He homered and singled in three plate appearances.

"He hit the ball well for his first time out," the Danville coach said.

Pitman was expected go with his ace, Zack Gross, today against Somerset.

"We needed Daniel to step up today and I thought he pitched well at times," Pitman said. "We played a lot better today. "

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