March 9, 2013

Prep roundup: Bruins win with eyes on sub-region slate

TUNNEL HILL — Since dropping its first game of the season to Christian Heritage School, the Northwest Whitfield High School baseball team has been taking steps forward with each game.

For coach Todd Middleton, that means his Bruins are doing the right things to prepare for the Sub-region 7B-4A schedule.

At home against North Murray in a non-region contest on Friday night, starting pitcher Andy Whisenant was dominant over five innings, and the few errors the Bruins did make in the field didn’t prove costly in a 12-2 victory shortened to six innings by the run rule.

“We are still making a couple of errors here and there, but Andy did a good job of pitching around those,” said Middleton, whose team im-proved to 3-1. “The first two times Andy pitched this year, he was coming on in relief, and you could just tell that he wasn’t real sharp.

“Getting the start tonight, you could tell he was more comfortable and had real good command of his pitches. He is coming off of the basketball court, so he hasn’t been able to throw as much as some of our other pitchers, but you can see that he is getting there.”

It made it easier to get an early lead as well. Second baseman Brady Middleton — the coach’s son — hit a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the first that gave Whisenant almost all the cushion he would need. When Whisenant left the mound, he had held the Mountaineers (2-4) to one run on four hits.

At the plate, the Bruins feasted on North Murray pitching, racking up 15 hits. Third baseman Edwin Hern-andez was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, Brandon Smith was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run, and Middle-ton and Diego Peralta were each 2-for-3. Kyle Brock singled and scored three times, while Whisenant doubled and drove in a run.

For North Murray, Jared Gos-wick was 2-for-3, while Cole Vaughn had a hit and scored a run.

Christian Heritage 12, Mount Zion-Carroll 2: A day after losing a Sub-region 6A-A matchup at home by 12 runs, the Lions responded with their own offensive onslaught on the road.

Tyson Cooper and Spencer Rob-bins each went 3-for-3 to lead the way for Christian Heritage (3-3, 1-1), which tallied 15 hits.

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