2014-04-23 / Sports

Pitching takes Cros-Lex to Friendship title

Tyler Schmidt Tyler Schmidt ST. CLAIR - The Cros-Lex Pioneers bounced back this past Saturday in a big way from their opening league doubleheader losses to Armada earlier in the week.

The Pioneers knocked off a pair perennially strong teams, Marine City and St. Clair, to claim the championship at the Friendship Tournament on Saturday. Pitching triggered the 5-3 victory over Marine City and 9-0 whitewashing of St. Clair.

In the opener against the Mariners, Cros-Lex overcame a 3-0 deficit early with the arm of Bryce Davis, plenty of solid defense behind him, some clutch hitting, and a few key mistakes by the opponent.

Davis pitched the first six and a third innings and collected the win. He struck six and scattered four hits. Brandon Boshaw chalked up the final two outs, on two strikeouts, and earned the save.

Justin Johnston delivered the game-tying, two-run single in the third inning and later added another base hit. Boshaw delivered a single and scored two runs.

Bryce Davis Bryce Davis Junior lefty Tyler Schmidt mowed down the Saints in the second contest. He allowed just two hits and fanned seven in his seven-inning, complete game.

“Tyler Schmidt had his best performance as as a high school pitcher,” lauded C-L coach Phil Jackson. “He was efficient on the mound, played within his abilities and didn’t try to do too much.”

Tim Hock (3 singles, 2 RBI) and Johnston (2 singles, 3 RBI) led the offensive attack. Schmidt added a double and an RBI and Davis had a base hit and RBI for C-L.

“These two wins are big for our confidence,” Jackson commented. “The seniors have played on this weekend many times now and understand what this means.

“We have a great group of committed guys who deserve this. They realize now that when we play clean ball we are a much better team.”

Armada 4, 11, Cros- Lex 1, 0

The combination of poor weather and spring break kept the Pioneers, and the rest of the Sanilac County baseball teams, from seeing any real action outside since practice began back in mid-March.

The Pioneers finally found their way on the diamond last Wednesday and opened the season by falling twice to Armada, the first BWAC doubleheader of the season.

Despite a strong outing on the mound by Boshaw, the Pioneers lost the opener when the Tigers scored three unearned runs. Boshaw went six innings, allowing one earned run while striking out six and walking none.

“Pitchers from both teams were on their game,” remarked Jackson. “We had four errors that led to three Armada runs, and that made the difference in this one.”

C-L had six hits in the contest, including a pair of doubles from Davis and two singles from Hock.

In the nightcap, five more Pioneer errors led to six runs for the Armada. Evan Anglebrandt was the starting and losing hurler. Schmidt, with a double, and Boshaw, with a single, provided the lone hits for C-L.

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