Colin Bryant pitches South to first win of the season over Huntington
PARKERSBURG– Colin Bryant was firing on all cylinders from the rubber punching out 11 batters and only giving up four hits and one walk en route to a complete-game effort.
Parkersburg South’s bats made sure he got the W after a 7-2 outcome over the Huntington Highlanders Saturday at Hank Greenburg Field.
“We have been struggling this year with hitting and scoring runs. Having Colin out was huge for us in getting the win. Colin was one of our better pitchers last year and today he’s proven that once again,” Patriots coach Todd Burner said. “He had a pretty good game, his performance gave us a chance.
Bryant struck out six of the first nine batters he faced with zero hits. His pitching counterpart Evan Juniper only reached base due to a dropped strike three.
Juniper proved unable to match his mound opponent.
The Patriots (1-4) loaded the bases in the bottom of the second. Juniper plunked Nathan Currey and Blake McMullen before giving up a single to Nick Yoho.
Drew Cochran brought home Currey on a 5-3 RBI ground out and Cochran later scored off of Juniper’s wild pitch before Grant Hussey ended the second swinging at a strike.
The Highlanders (4-2) finally got the best of Bryant in the top of the fourth. Bryson Parker broke up the no-no then scored off Jordan Walker’s single.
Juniper helped out his own cause, tying the game at two all with an RBI sac fly.
The Patriots took back the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth off Yoho’s RBI single. Cochran then drilled Juniper’s 1-0 pitch to left field for a two-RBI double for a 6-2 Patriots lead.
That was Yoho’s second hit of the day, finishing 2 for 4, and the double was Cochran’s only hit of the game.
Bryant opened the sixth having problems for the first time with his location. He walked the first batter before giving up a hit to the next two batters he faced.
Burner visited Bryant and after only a couple minutes decided to stick with the junior pitcher.
“I just asked him what his mindset was, I asked him if he was getting tired or anything and he said no. I told him not to worry about the runners and just keep throwing strikes,” Burner said.
Loading the bases due to a fielding error by shortstop McMullen, Bryant was able to escape without allowing any runs. Highlander batters went down on back-to-back strikeouts.
Getting his first start of the season Thomas Nutter went 2 for 3, including an RBI triple in the bottom of the sixth. If Nutter continues his performance at the plate, he could find his way into the starting lineup.
“We don’t have a set lineup Thomas really stepped up in his first game starting and he had a couple of good hits tonight. He’ll get another shot,” Burner said.