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April 6, 2014

North splits with BHS, MHS; East falls: PHOTOS

BRIDGEPORT — It seemed as if everything was out of wack Saturday.

North Marion was held to just one hit in its first game and then poured on 16 hits in the second game to beat a team that came back and beat East Fairmont in the day’s final action from Bridgeport.

The Huskies (2-3) opened up the day by falling to Bridgeport in a game that was closer than the 6-0 score depicted.

The game was scoreless going into the 5th inning with North’s Skyler Brooks and Bridgeport’s Sam Aloi dueling it out on the bump. But Brooks walked a batter and then gave up a single to start the inning, leading to AC Caldera driving in a run by dropping in a blooper between Cole Richards at second base and Angelo Bombardiere in right field. One batter later, Anthony Bonamico hit a sacrifice fly to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

Bridgeport would pile on four more runs in the 6th inning on two doubles, two walks and a fielder’s choice to stretch the lead and go on to win, 6-0.

“We had a couple of miscues and a couple of mental mistakes and the next thing you knew they get a few runs on you and they can gamble a little more,” North Marion coach Vic Seccuro said of the loss.

Despite picking up the loss, Brooks tossed 5.0 innings, giving up just two runs and five hits while striking out five.

“Skyler pitched extremely well,” Seccuro said. “His off-speed stuff is working real good. He got ahead of a lot of batters and that’s what we’ve been trying to get our pitchers to do.”

The Huskies lone hit came from Keegun McCullough who popped it up in the infield but no one called the ball and no one caught it, allowing him to reach first on a hustle play.

After getting just one hit in their first game, though, North buried 16 hits against Martinsburg and picked up an 8-2 victory to finish its day.

“I thought we sprayed the ball around pretty good,” Seccuro said of the second game. “Our kids started to hit a little better. Everyone in the lineup seemed to hit and that’s what we need in a game like this.”

The Huskies struck early when Devin Ayersman doubled and took third with a pass ball, allowing Ryan Jolliffe to bring him in with a single. Jolliffe would later score on a balk to give North a 2-0 lead. North would take a 3-0 lead later in the third before Martinsburg’s JT Nabors singled in a run in the fourth and would walk in a run in the fifth. North, though, would tack on four runs in the 6th inning to lock things up.

The Huskies received a strong performance from Matt Hawkins on the mound. The right hander picked up the win and went 5.0 innings, allowing seven hits and striking out one on the day before Christian Tomana pitched two innings in relief to close things out.

“Matt Hawkins, I thought, pitched pretty good. He got himself into some jams but he got himself out of them with some good defensive plays,” Seccuro noted. “And then Tomana came in and did a very nice job closing.”

Leading the way for North in the game was Jolliffe and Cody Opron, who both went 3-for-4. McCullough and Brooks each had two hits and each drove in two runs while Travis Smith had two hits, as well, while Cole Richards added a single.

Mason Tyler, CJ Baker and Jacob Vanorsdale each went 2-for-3.

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