NB struggles with Crimsons’ pitcher

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By Thomas Barr

 HEBRON ESTATES - Last season, baseball teams were canceling games late in the spring as coaches scheduled too many contests and there were no rainouts to deal with.

This spring, there will not be any problem having to cancel games. Mother Nature has taken care of that.

Instead, local baseball and softball teams will be looking forward to the day when they can return to the fields.

“It’s been crazy,” said North Bullitt head coach Brian Wise. “And this week doesn’t look good, either.”

The Eagles were able to play three games last week.

After coming off a big victory over Bullitt East (see the April 25 issue), the Eagles welcomed another perennial powerhouse to North Bullitt.

On Wednesday, the only thing the Manual Crimsons needed in the 7-1 win was Craig Pearcy on the hill. The senior right-hander struck out 16 Eagles.

“He was dominant with a capital D,” said Wise. “He was very, very good.”

Wise said the coaches felt that North Bullitt hitters might like the fastballs thrown by Pearcy. That didn’t hold true.

“We let too many first-strike fastballs go by,” said Wise. “Once he got ahead in the count, it’s very difficult for the hitters.”

Still, through the first three innings it was knotted at 1-1.

Manual touched up senior Cody Montgomery for a single run in the second.

In the bottom of the inning, North Bullitt would score its lone run. Tyler Shewmaker singled and Will Parker sacrificed him to second. Evan Bickett followed with an infield single and Jared Abell’s single plated the lone run.

Manual would score the winning runs in the fourth. A walk, a hit batter and another walk led to Harrison Scanlon’s two-run RBI double.

“Cody pitched well,” said Wise. “He just had a four-batter stretch there in the fourth where he got a little out of rhythm and they took advantage.”

On the evening, North Bullitt had six singles and no extra-base hits.

“We knew we had to keep it close,” said Wise. “He was just very dominant.”