Adam Law broke a one-year pitching drought Wednesday night at Taylor Field as the college freshman helped PBNB (6-0) beat Stuttgart (1-2) 10-2 in AA American Legion baseball action.
After allowing the first two batters to reach and score, the Wildlife Conservation major grounded the Ricebirds through four innings, striking out seven and walking one.
“I showed up and coach (Skip Carr) asked me if I could throw today if he needed me,” Law said. “I told him yes and he said ‘Well, I think you are going to be throwing.’”
PBNB responded in the bottom of the first with four runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batter as Stuttgart’s Jay McGee failed to make it out of the first inning.
“Jay hasn’t pitched in two months,” Stuttgart coach Kevin Youngblood said. “He kind of got sore during high school ball and we let off of him some. This was his first outing. He hasn’t even thrown a bullpen. But he is still one of top guys for our high school team. He will bounce back from this.”
Gere Elam came on in relief and gave up one run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. Taylor Daniels surrendered the final five runs in the sixth as the game was called due to the 8-run mercy rule. Daniels hit two, walked two and gave up one hit.
“Taylor is our closer in high school,” Youngblood said. “He has a nasty curve ball but he hasn’t thrown much in the last three weeks. That’s what the summer is for … to move some people around and see some different things.”
Dylan James led PBNB at the plate with a single and double and two RBIs, Tyler Zuber singled and doubled and drove in one. Landon Reed, Tyler Carr and Hunter Hale all singled. Hale drove in a pair.
But it was Law who stole the show after taking the mound for the first time since playing for Carr at White Hall last year. Law opted to discontinue his athletic career in college to concentrate on his academics.
“It feels good to get back in the routine of playing,” Law said. “I didn’t want to have too many things going on at once with school and ball. I called coach Carr and asked him if I could come back and play my final year. He told me yes, so, I told him I would be here.”
Carr said he didn’t hesitate to add Law to the roster.
“He has played high school and summer ball for us,” Carr said. “He’s a competitor. He has played through this program and I want them all to stay and play. We were looking at 60 pitches with him and he went 65. We probably could have put him back out there, but I wanted him to be able to get his arm out of bed with him in the morning.”
After giving up the early runs, Law settled in and fanned seven of the next 11 Ricebirds, only allowing singles in the second and third to Elam and Daniels and a double to Hunter Coburn in the fourth. His final batter, Carter Ward, was a strikeout victim before giving way to Chris Smith, who finished the final two scoreless innings.
“I felt good but I needed to get my confidence up,” Law said. “I finally got my rhythm after about the second inning. A few more games and I will feel better.”
Smith allowed one hit and struck out two.