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ET Baseball: Pine Tree Pirates sink Creekview with pitching, defense

By Brandon Ogden
March 15, 2014 at 11 p.m.

A little rain wasn't enough to prevent the Pine Tree Pirates from getting in some extra work before Tuesday's district opener.

Four pitchers teamed up to help Pine Tree hold on to a 3-2 victory over Carrollton Creekview in non-district baseball action Saturday afternoon at the Field of Dreams.

When Creekview was able to get runners on base, Pine Tree's defense helped limit the damage.

With runners on first and third in the second inning for Creekview, Dawson Wood hit a high pop up in foul ground. Pine Tree first baseman Andrew Lee made the grab and quickly threw the ball to pitcher Chris Chadwick, who touched first for an inning-ending double play.

In the fifth inning, Lee allowed a leadoff single, but Pine Tree catcher Devon Fuller was able to throw the runner out trying to steal second base.

"We knew it was going to be important for us to pitch well and play good defense," Pine Tree head coach Lance Standley said. "We trained (Friday) to face 6-6 lefty Ryan Fant, so I knew facing slower pitching would hurt us."

Pine Tree will open District 14-4A play Tuesday against Arkansas signee Fant and Texas High.

The Pirates got an inning of work from Chandler Minze, who allowed an unearned run and one hit. Chadwick pitched three innings to pick up the win, allowing one run on two hits with two walks. Lee threw two innings and allowed no runs on two hits with three strikeouts. Patrick Shore earned the save with a perfect seventh.

After Creekview took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by Will Millikin, Pine Tree answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, thanks to two Creekview errors.

The Pirates added to their lead in the third inning with an RBI single from Lee. They threatened for more with the bases loaded and no outs, but Creekview was able to escape the jam.

Creekview had an RBI single by Wood in the fourth to cut the score to 3-2.

Alex Schwahn suffered the loss for the Mustangs, allowing three runs on one hit in two-plus innings with three walks and a strikeout. Jamar Johnson and Hosea Carroll also pitched two innings for Creekview.

The Mustangs were led at the plate by Michael Rodriguez, who had two singles and scored a run.

Third baseman Bryton Thomas was a defensive standout for Pine Tree. He recorded three assists in the third inning and made a diving stop in the sixth inning.

Tim McQuaid had two singles for the Pirates (10-5-2). Zane Fudge, Lee and Andrew Stuckey also singled.



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