ET Baseball: Bradshaw keys 5-1 Longview victory over Tyler Lee
March 29, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Will Bradshaw battled on the mound and added two run-scoring hits at the plate as Longview picked up a crucial win over Tyler Lee on Saturday.
Bradshaw fanned seven and scattered two hits and the Lobo offense backed him up with nine hits as Longview topped Lee, 5-1, in District 12-5A action.
The two teams entered Saturday's contest knotted at 2-2 in the district race.
With the win, the Lobos also erased a nagging streak that has followed them thus far this season. Sitting at 0-11 when the opposition scores first, the win was Longview's first comeback victory of the year.
"The law of averages is always in play," Longview head coach Bernie Martinez said. "Over time that will play itself out but it was a good game to put that to rest."
A shaky start for Bradshaw put the Red Raiders ahead in the top of the first, 1-0, without the benefit of a hit. Bradshaw walked one and hit another batter and Lee took the lead on a groundout RBI. He struck out seven and hit two more batters the rest of the way, carrying a no-hit bid into the fifth inning.
"He did a good job recovering and was able to get out of a couple of jams," Martinez said of Bradshaw, who improves to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in district action. "His ability to make quality pitches was big today and will be down the stretch."
The Lobo offense was quick to back him up.
Jared Pauley singled to start the Lobo first. Sam Scarborough followed with a bunt single and both moved up on a sac bunt from Jordan Wright. Dezmond Chumley then laced a bases-loaded single to left-center , plating two. Bradshaw helped his own cause with an RBI single to give Longview a 3-1 lead after the first inning.
"We've got guys that can hit, they just weren't doing it," Martinez said. "Our pitchers have done an outstanding job this season, and we just haven't given them what they deserve: runs."
Seven Lobos recorded hits in the win, with Bradshaw and Pauley turning in multi-hit afternoons. Eight Lobos reached base.
"We went to the drawing board, really looked at the strike zone and what we wanted to do every at bat - just really worked on our approach at the plate," Martinez said. "It was good to see us put together some quality at bats and get on base."
Lee stranded 10 runners in the loss, including leaving the bases loaded in the final two frames.
Defensively, the Lobos turned a double play, gunned down a runner at home and catcher Austin Attaway erased one of two Lobo errors picking off a steal attempt at second base.
Bradshaw pushed Longview's lead to 4-1 with his second RBI single in the third inning and Pauley added another insurance run for the Lobos with a two-out base knock in the sixth inning.
Longview is idle Tuesday and will return to 12-5A action in back-to-back contest on Friday and Saturday. The Lobos visit Rockwall on Friday before returning to the Metroplex on Saturday to face Mesquite. Both contests are slated for 7 p.m. starts.
"It's a good challenge for us to get back-to-back games like that and it's just the way the district fell," Martinez said. "It's a good test of resolve for this team."
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