"He has been on top of his game during his last two starts," Boyle coach David Camic said. "He only walked three and had good velocity throughout the game. He was up in the strike zone in the first inning, but he settled down after that and pitched well from that point on. When our pitching comes around, we're going to be pretty good."
Garrard coach searching for answers
Meanwhile, Garrard coach Brad Woods is searching for answers. He used three pitchers - Clark, Matt Hume and Jordan Johnson - and they struggled to throw strikes. They walked two with the bases loaded in the third inning and hit a batter to force in another run.
"We're a young team, and until we learn how to throw strikes, we are going to struggle," the Garrard coach said. "A team like Boyle or anyone else will take advantage every time you put men on base. They didn't hit the ball real hard today, but they hit it when they needed it."
Which is something that Garrard (6-14) failed to do. For the second time in three games, the Lions collected only three hits.
"(Teague) is a talented pitcher, but we can hit the ball better than we have shown," Woods said. "We struck out 12 times today. That's ridiculous. We just need to get better. Our youth is beginning to show."
Teague helps his cause with home run
Trailing 2-0, Teague helped his own cause when he homered to center leading off the third inning. Phillip Dean walked and Andrew West doubled to right center before Clark walked Brad Cloud to load the bases. Matt Engle walked and Tyler Morris was hit by a pitch to force in two more runs before Woods brought in Matt Hume to face Jamie Robinson. He walked to force in yet another run and Andrew Bertram put down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to plate another. Teague singled to center to score Bertram to close the scoring.
"One bad inning again," Woods said. "It's beginning to sound like a broken record. It's the same thing over and over. It's a tough pill to swallow when you give up runs by walks. It was too much for us to overcome."
Boyle added a single run in the fourth and three more in the fifth, but Camic was disappointed the Rebels didn't score more.
"We were able to take advantage of what they gave us until the fifth when when we had runners at second and third with one out and our four and five hitters coming to the plate," the Boyle coach said. "You have to score there. That was about the only thing that disappointed me. We came out focused and ready to play. This has always been a tough place for us to play at. Garrard is tough to beat here and this was a nice win for us."
West and Teague led Boyle with two hits each while Brad Cloud, Josh Miller and Bertram had one hit each.
Clark and Zach Doan homered for the Golden Lions while Jamison Flynn had a single.