The Summer Creek Bulldogs (8-6, 3-2) won a pitcher’s duel 2-1 over the New Caney Eagles on Tuesday night at Summer Creek High School.
It was a game of lost opportunities for the Eagles (6-7, 1-4) and an opportunistic Bulldogs team making the most of its opportunities. The Eagles left nine runners on including the bases loaded in the top of the sixth. The Bulldogs used one hit, a sacrifice fly and three errors on one play in the bottom of the sixth to earn the win.
Stellar defense at key moments helped turn the tide in favor Summer Creek. In the top of the fourth, Jordan Crackel ripped a single into right centerfield where Summer Creek’s Chase Seabranch came up throwing with a perfect strike to the cutoff man (Kam Wheeler) who after pump faking a throw to third gunned a bullet to catcher George Gonzalez nailing Eagles runner Devin Hines at the plate. In the fifth, New Caney lead-off hitter Brett Wright singled and George Gonzalez gunned him down in a steal attempt.
The Bulldogs broke through in the fourth Eagles’ starter Mike Henk. Torrey Johnson stroked a one out single and scored on a sacrifice fly from Wheeler.
New Caney pushed across the tying run in the top of the sixth with Stone Smith crossing the plate on a throwing error.
Summer Creek answered back in the home half of the sixth as Jhnson walked with two outs and came around to score on two base throwing error of a C.J. Jackson grounder down the right field line.
Keagan Bear pitched in and out of trouble for 4 2/3 innings scattering five hits before giving way to Wheeler. Wheeler picked up the win with a three K’s over the final inning and a third.
Mike Henk took the tough luck loss throwing a two hitter over six strong innings with six strikeouts
.The win keeps Summer Creek's playoff hopes alive.
The two teams meet again on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6p.m. in New Caney.