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By Leyton Pullin
On Wednesday night Clover Hill defeated Grottoes 8-5 in 11 innings at Shifflett Field.
The Bucks got off to a slow start as they were held scoreless as Grottoes’ Tucker Garrison was able to strike out 3 in his first 5 scoreless innings of work. The Cardinals on the other hand would hop on the board early in the top of the first as Tristan Shoemaker would hit a lead off double and would later score on an Austin Nicely RBI single making it 1-0 Grottoes. Keegan Woolford would square up on a pitch with 2 runners on for a 2 RBI double down the right field line to make the score 3-0 Grottoes. The Cards would add two more in the 4th inning as Shoemaker would hit a 2RBI single scoring David Wood and Clayton Michael to extend the lead out to 5-0 Grottoes. Clover Hill would respond in the 6th as Luke Shifflett would pinch hit and come through with a 2RBI single scoring Suters and Navedo to cut the lead to 5-2.
The Bucks would chip away at the lead again in the 8th after a leadoff Kevin Navedo double and then he would score on a ground out by Shifflett cutting the lead to 5-3. The Bucks would tie it up in the top of the 9th after a Blake Sipe RBI single that would score Braeson Fulton and then with a Kevin Navedo RBI single that would score Ross French sending us to extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th Grottoes would load the bases but would fail to score as Jacob Zoeller would fly out and David Wood would strike out to end the inning. In the top of the 11th Clover Hill would put tw runners on via the walk and then Suters would drive in Blake Sipe with a RBI ground rule double. Tyler Bocock would come across on an error by Jacob Merica and Suters would eventually score as well to give the Bucks an 8-5 lead to win the game.
For Grottoes they drop their 5th straight game and drop to 6-7 on the year. The Cardinals got a solid start out of Tucker Garrison who would go 6 innings giving up 3 hits and 2 earned runs. The Cardinals came close to ending their skid but came up a few outs short with a costly hit or two down the stretch. The Cardinals will get a chance to bounce back as they travel to Stuarts Draft for a doubleheader with the D-Backs on Saturday.
The Bucks advance to 8-3 on the season as Steven Woerner picks up the win (2-0) after the submariner threw 10 innings in just under 150 pitches. Clover Hill will travel to Elkton on Saturday for a date with the Blue Sox at Stonewall Memorial Park.
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