Pitching Dominates For Durant in 8A-6 Win Over Bloomingdale
Tuesday featured a match-up of two teams tied atop the 8A-6 standings. The Durant Cougars and Bloomingdale Bulls both had identical records entering Tuesdays action but it was outstanding pitching from the Cougars that propelled them to a 2-0 victory within the district.
Jonah Scalaro started the game for the Cougars (8-2, 4-2) and was outstanding. Scalaro threw an even 100 pitches over six innings. He allowed just three hits on the night, striking out 10. Scalaro rarely found himself under pressure but when he was he handled it, showing great composure throughout his outing. With the victory for his team, they now have sole possession of the best record within the district.
Carson Crouse had a solid outing for the Bulls (7-3, 3-3) who fall to .500 in 8A-6 play. Crouse struck out three batters over his six innings of work, allowing two runs and striking out three. Justin Gross pitched the final inning for the Bulls, allowing no runs and striking out one batter.
Garrett Atkins and Harrison Theocharakis scored the two runs for the Cougars. First, after Theocharakis doubled to right, he was brought home by Alex Molinelli during the next at-bat for the 1-0 lead. Later in the game, during the sixth, Atkins came home to score on and error by the Bulls infield.
After the second run was scored in the sixth, the Cougars went to the bullpen for Colyn White. White came into the game and struck out the side to pick up the save and secure the 8A-6 victory.