PITTSBURG — The temperature was high, but the Premier Baseball Junior Championship pressed on at Jaycee Ballpark, where Texas Twelve White defeat Building Champions Navy 5-3 on Wednesday.
The Twelve were led to the two-run victory on a the strength of a team effort on the mound and disciplined hitting, which led to quality at-bats.
“Our pitching staff has done a phenomenal job of filling up the zone and making hitters earn it,” Texas head coach Chris Ballou. “We struck out 12 batters in each of the last two games, so when they are throwing like that, it takes the pressure off our offense and allows us to scratch out a couple runs on offense so we can pick up the victory.”
Building Champions manufactured the game’s first run to go up 1-0, after Phillip Brooks drew a leadoff walk and crossed the plate on an error.
Texas responded with two runs in the second inning to take a 2-1 lead.
Zach Poe sparked the Twelve’s offense with a leadoff single to right field and moved up into scoring position on a walk drawn by Ty McCain.
Alex Martinez followed up the walk with an RBI base hit into the right-center field gap, before Duke Jordan drove in McCain with a single through the right side of the infield.
The Twelve kept up the offensive momentum in the third, plating two more runs to extend their lead to 4-1.
Austin Herrera kicked off the inning with a single to left field and promptly stole second, before coming in to score on a double to deep center field by Dylan Golden.
A ground ball to the right side of the infield in the next at-bat allowed Golden to move up to third and a sacrifice fly by McCain drove him in.
Building Champions cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fourth thanks to heads-up baserunning by Brandon Carvan — who crossed the plate on a defensive error — and a good at-bat by Phillip Brooks, who drew a walk with the bases loaded.
Texas limited the damage to two runs in the fourth and capped off the win with an insurance run in the fifth on a defensive miscue, while Bryce Bennett picked up the save with two, shutout innings out of the pen.
AT THE PLATE
Martinez and Jordan were the offensive catalysts in the win, each going 2-for-3 with an RBI apiece.
ON THE BUMP
Daylon Farmer earned the win, allowing no runs on one hit with five strikeouts through 2.1 innings.
The Premier Baseball Junior Championship will pick back up at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday inside Jaycee Ballpark.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.