Smart Dodge shortstop Chase Bryan had one bad inning Tuesday night at Taylor Field.
But boy did it cost his team.
Bryan’s three errors in the fifth inning led to nine runs for Gwatney Chevrolet (Jacksonville) in the frame.
Those runs were all Gwatney needed in a 9-0 (five inning) win over Smart.
“I thought our first two pitchers did really well,” Smart Dodge coach Chris Bryan said of Antoine Luster and Jared Chavis. “They did a good job keeping the ball down.”
After a scoreless first four innings, Gwatney sent 13 to the plate in the fifth inning despite only picking up three hits in the frame.
“It was just a combination of our miscues and them stringing together a couple of hits,” Bryan said about the inning.
Two errors by Chris Bryan, sandwiched around a fielder’s choice, put runners at first and third with one out.
A single by Blake Perry plated the game’s first run.
Another error by Bryan brought in two more runs for Gwatney.
Following a strikeout, a walk and hit by pitch loaded the bases.
Trevor Ransom brought in a run with a single to make it 4-0.
Then, an error by second baseman Bailey Smith allowed two more runs to score.
After the error, Smart brought in Dylan Cantwell to relieve Chavis with the bases loaded.
Cantwell allowed all three of the runners he inherited to score.
The first coming on a bases loaded walk, and the final two coming on Perry’s second RBI single of the inning to set the final margin.
All nine runs, although none were earned, were charged to Chavis.
Chavis relieved Luster, who started the game for Smart, with runners on second and third with one out in the third inning, but was able to work out of the jam.
Chavis induced a groundout to third base and then got strikeout to end the threat.
“(Chavis) did good,” coach Chris Bryan said. “He has a lot of natural movement that I was hoping would lead to a ground ball, and that’s what he got.”
The loss can’t be completely chalked up to bad defense, though, as Smart failed to pick up a hit in the game.
“I think we took way too many pitches and that kind of put us into a defensive mode,” coach Bryan said.
Perry baffled Smart’s hitters for three perfect innings.
Donte Harris came in and pitched the final two innings.
After getting two outs to begin the fourth inning, Harris walked the next three hitters before inducing a groundout by Jake McNulty to set up Gwatney for its big inning.