It may have been cold outside, but Garaway’s Peyton Miller was heating up as the Pirates recorded their second win in the 2017-18 season in a contest versus Inter-Valley Conference foe Buckeye Trail on Monday, March 26.
Miller did plenty of damage both on the mound and at the plate, where he held the Pirates to a strong 11-0 victory in six innings over the Warriors.
Miller allowed just two hits over four innings of solid pitching and banged out three hits, which included a pair of doubles and driving in four runs. He got plenty of offensive help in disposing of Buckeye Trail as the Pirates jumped on the Warriors for four first-inning runs and tallied four more in the sixth to invoke the 10-run rule.
Miller struck out a pair to open the first inning, and the Pirates went to work in the bottom of the inning. Josh Yoder started things off by reaching on an error, and Trey Hershberger walked. Miller grounded out, advancing both runners, and Ryan Aleshire’s groundout produced the game’s first run. A balk scored Trey Hershberger, and D Hershberger ripped a single to center to make it 3-0. An error and a Trevor Donaldson single put Garaway up 4-0, and it never looked back.
Not that it had to with the way Miller was rolling on the mound. Miller walked a pair in the second, but with two on and one out, he recorded a pair of strikeouts to squelch any kind of rally. Josh Yoder singled in the second, and Miller hammered a double to plate him and make it 5-0.
The Warriors put two men on in the third inning, but this time the Pirates’ defense came up big, ending the inning with a double play that kept the score where it was.
It didn’t stay that way for long. In the bottom of the third inning, Donaldson drew a two-out walk, stole second and scampered home on Austin Fearon’s base hit.
Miller allowed a pair of singles in the fourth frame but again got a key punch-out to keep the Warriors off the board, and Garaway tacked on another run in the bottom of the inning when Trey Hershberger singled and scored on Miller’s bunt single.
On to pitch came Dylan Hershberger, who continued Garaway’s mound success. He went spotless in the fifth and sixth innings, walking a batter in each frame, setting the table for Garaway’s walk-off win in the bottom of the sixth.
A Bryce Bickford walk led the inning off and was followed by Kory Stress’ sharp single up the middle, Donaldson then reaching courtesy of an error to load the bases. Bickford was thrown out trying to score on a passed ball, but Trey Hershberger reached on an error, making it 9-0. Miller then slammed a double to center to finish off the Warriors.
Miller went four complete innings, picking up the win by allowing just two hits while striking out five and issuing four walks. Dylan Hershberger finished the final two frames with just the two walks, striking out a pair.
Stress and Trey Hershberger both rapped out a pair of hits while Yoder and Donaldson scored twice.
Garaway opened up the year by taking a thrilling 4-2 victory over Strasburg in a nine-inning affair on Saturday, March 24.
In the contest Strasburg took a 1-0 lead early, and Garaway wouldn’t score until the sixth inning when Miller drew a lead-off walk, stole second and third, and scored on Dylan Hershberger’s groundout.
Garaway would take a 2-1 lead later in the inning on G Miller’s sacrifice fly, but the Tigers answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning, sending it into extra innings.
Both teams had a chance to win it in the eighth inning. The Pirates put three runners on base but couldn’t score, and the Tigers had runners on second and third with two outs, but Trey Hershberger, who had relieved Yoder, slammed the door shut with a strikeout.
With two out and nobody on base in the ninth inning, the Pirates got a walk from Trey Hershberger, who stole second ahead of Miller getting plunked by a pitch. Ryan Aleshire then hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop that went for an error, scoring Hershberger, and Miller then scored on a balk for a huge insurance run.
Hershberger took the mound with confidence in the bottom of the inning, disposing of the Tigers on just four pitches to end the game.