March 10, 2013

Phillips’ big day salvages Colts’ week

Coahulla Creek High School’s baseball team experienced a little bit of everything on the diamond this past week, essentially living out a quote from the movie “Bull Durham”: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”

On Saturday, the Colts finally experienced the first (and best) part of that saying, and Blake Phillips was happy to do his best impersonation of hard-throwing Bulls pitcher Nuke LaLoosh on the mound — although Phillips’ control was probably better.

Phillips struck out 12 in a complete-game performance as Coahulla Creek won 2-0 at Heritage-Catoosa, avenging a 2-1 loss suffered Thursday in Varnell.

The Colts (2-4) lost 13-0 Friday at traditional state power Calhoun, making up a game that had been rained out Tuesday. They committed six errors in the five-inning rout, but had no such miscues on Saturday behind Phillips, who allowed two walks and seven hits.

“You know, coming into the week we knew what we were facing with the quality of programs like Heritage and Calhoun,” Colts coach Michael Bolen said. “I just wanted to see the guys be able to have some growth this week as a team. We’ve kind of been on all aspects of the roller coaster this week.”

Phillips helped steady the ride against the Generals, who instead were left to do the guessing about which turn the ball would take.

“He threw great,” Bolen said. “He located all of his pitches well. He had command of his fastball and curveball and kept them off balance. He did a great job.”

Phillips also drove in a run, as did Scout Plott, who had a double. Danny Stavrow was 2-for-4 and scored both runs — one in the first and the other in the third.

“After last night, the guys were kind of down,” Bolen said. “But they responded well and were able to execute defensively and at the plate a little better.”

• North Murray did not report results from Saturday’s scheduled game at Gilmer by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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