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NH stomps Valley, edges PC

North Harrison’s boys finally got the 2003 campaign underway last weekend with a 13-2 shelling of Springs Valley on Saturday and a 9-7 win over Perry Central on Monday.
In the win over the Blackhawks, Joel Culbertson starting things off right for the Cougars with a walk. Ty Rothrock followed with a two-run homer.
In the second inning, North’s John Atkins walked and went to second on a passed ball. Tim Rothrock doubled Atkins in for a 3-0 lead. Doug Martin walked and Ty Rothrock singled in Tim Rothrock. Scott Burdin knocked in two RBI with a single and Anthony Milburn doubled in Burdin.
Burdin also had a three-run homer in the fourth.
Culbertson pitched four innings, struck out six and walked four. Burdin struck out five and walked two in two innings of relief.
‘Our pitching wasn’t super, super sharp, but I thought both guys did a nice job and had pretty good outings all around,’ Cougars coach Danny Schmidt said. ‘I can’t really complain.’
North exploded to an 8-0 lead after four innings against the Commodores, but visiting Perry rallied to cut the deficit to 8-6 in the top of the fifth.
In the first frame, Culbertson walked, Ty Rothrock singled and Burdin hit into a fielder’s choice to score Culbertson.
Culbertson singled and stole second in the third inning, Ty Rothrock doubled in Culbertson and Burdin blasted a two-run round-tripper. Ray VonAllmen reached and Tim Harmon singled him home before moving to second on an error. Tim Rothrock singled in Harmon for a 6-0 advantage.
In the fourth, Ty Rothrock doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on an error on the catcher. Anthony Milburn followed with a single, Kyle Fluhr singled and Kyle Bailey had a base knock to drive in Milburn.
Perry Central finally got rolling in the top of the fifth.
Jared Etienne reached on a dropped third strike, Josh Carter reached on an error at short and Nathan Mullis singled in Etienne to leave the bases loaded. Brad Kuhn walked to force in a run, Cliff Irvan hit into a fielder’s choice to score an RBI and Tim Taylor singled for a RBI. Grant Lamar sent one over the fence to clear the bases to set the score at 8-6.
‘We started Ty (Rothrock) and he had a super nice game pitching and we went into the fifth with an 8-0 lead. Then suddenly we make some mental errors and don’t help Ty out and suddenly the scoreboard says it’s 8-6,’ Schmidt said. ‘The final score won’t show how good he pitched to that point.’
In the bottom of the sixth, Burdin doubled, VonAllmen and Fluhr walked and Bailey hit into a fielder’s choice to score a run.
Perry marked one run in the top of the seventh, but came no closer.
Burdin finished out the contest on the bump for North Harrison.
‘Burdin pitched Saturday for two innings but he wasn’t super, super sharp. (Monday) he was just short of being overly dominating,’ Schmidt said. ‘He walked one and struck out six. Ty got us where we wanted to be and then Scott finished it.
‘These three guys have a ton of experience pitching. I think they are up to 22 or 23 strikeouts in just 13 innings, so our pitching’s been pretty good. A veteran defense is back and I think by the end of the season we’ll be a pretty good team. High school baseball is all about pitching and defense and I think as long as our bats stay hot, we are going to be okay.’

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