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Exhausted Dolphins lose in title game

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Dolphins were seeking World Series bid

By Staff Report

     The Brunswick Community College baseball team reached the title game of the NJCAA Division II Region 10 championship tournament by beating Lenoir 4-3 Monday morning but the Dolphins’ season ended in a 10-1 loss that afternoon to Catawba Valley Community College.

BCC (33-22) had to beat Catawba twice to advance to the NJCAA World Series. But Catawba scored three runs in the first inning in taking a 3-1 lead and Catawba’s Plyler hit a three-run home run in the third in extending the lead to 7-1.

The Dolphins, playing their fourth game since a Sunday morning game, used six pitchers in the loss and were held to seven hits. Catawba starter Mostellar gave up four hits and one run in five innings. Catawba finished with 15 hits.

In the morning game, Lenoir had the tying run on third with one out in the ninth, but reliever Tim Powell ended the game by getting a double play.

Jonathan Corbett’s single in the seventh broke a 3-3 tie. Bryson Benton had led off with a double and went to third on Josh Hardwick’s bunt single.

Lenoir led 3-1 entering the bottom of the fourth, but BCC scored twice. Matthew Archer was hit by pitch with the bases loaded and Carnell Montgomery scored on a passed ball.

BCC scored in the first on a two-out triple by Josh Hardwick, his third triple of the season. He scored Benton, who had walked.

Powell was the winning pitcher, giving up three hits in 5.2 scoreless innings. He struck out four and walked none.

BCC plays Catawba today in the tourney at Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City.

Catawba is unbeaten in the tourney. BCC has to beat Catawba twice to win the tourney and advance to the NJCAA World Series.

On Sunday against Surry, BCC trailed 3-2 entering the top of the eighth but took a 4-3 lead on a two-out bases loaded single by Tyler Ruffin. Ruffin, batting .227 this season, is among the team leaders in RBIs (26).

Ryan Collins doubled home two runs with two outs in the fifth for BCC. Collins is batting .307 and has 26 RBIs.

The Dolphins used four pitchers. Randy Hair started and gave up three hits and one earned run in three innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Connor Schassler pitched two innings and gave up one hit and one earned run. He walked one and struck out three.

Winning pitcher Zack Andrews pitched 2.1 innings giving up zero earned runs, two hits and two walks. He struck out three.

Michael Green pitched the final 1.2 innings. Surry had a runner on third with two outs in the eighth but Green ended the inning by getting a strikeout.

In the ninth, a single, an error, a steal and a walk gave Surry runners on third and first with no outs. But Green got the first two outs on a fielder’ choice out at second and a strikeout. After a walk loaded the bases, Green ended the game by getting a fly ball to shortstop.

Green finished with two strikeouts. He gave up one hit and two walks.

BCC stayed alive in the tournament by beating Southeastern Community College 6-3 on Sunday morning in a loser-out game.

Ryan Collins hit a home run in the top of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.  The homer was his second of the season. BCC scored two more runs in the inning en route to the victory in the nine-inning game.

Starter and winner Tory Schroff (6-1) gave up two earned runs and five hits in five innings. He walked five and struck out five.

Reliever Kyle Shields gave up one hit and no earned runs in four innings. He walked two and struck out four.

After Collins homered, Allen singled and with one out Josh Hardwick doubled. Jonathan Corbett singled, driving in Allen. Carnell Montgomery was safe on a fielder’s choice, driving in the final run.

The Dolphins finished with 12 hits. Allen (batting .366) and Corbett (batting .411) each finished 3-for-5 with one RBI.

BCC lost 1-0 in nine innings Saturday against No. 1 seed Catawba Valley Community College. Each team finished with three hits.

BCC got the tying run on base in the top of the ninth when Josh Hardwick led off and was hit by a pitch. With one out, Carnell Montgomery walked. But Randy Shepherd ended the game on a called third strike and a fly ball.

Catawba Valley Community College scored on a two-out error in the bottom of the seventh against starter Joe Pistacchio.

Catawba loaded the bases with one out in the eighth on a walk, a dropped third strike and a walk. Reliever Connor Schassler ended the inning on a double play.

Pistacchio gave up three hits and no earned runs in 7.1 innings. He struck out six and walked four. Catawba’s Harkey pitched eight scoreless innings. He walked three and struck out five.

About 12 hours after its loss Saturday, BCC played the loser-out game at 10 a.m. Sunday against Southeastern Community College. In a three-game series April 6-7, BCC won 4-3 and 10-9 and lost 5-3.

BCC, in its fifth year of baseball, has never played in the NJCAA World Series.

BCC opened the tourney by routing Surry Community College 11-1 in five innings Friday.

BCC, the visiting team, led 7-0 entering the bottom of the second and was never threatened thereafter.

Hardwick hit two doubles and was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Jonathan Corbett doubled and was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Tyler Ruffin was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Matthew Archer walked twice and had two RBIs.

Green was the winning pitcher. He gave up five hits and zero earned runs in five innings. He walked four and struck out seven.