WHITE HALL — It was a pitching duel for most of the game between White Hall and Woodlawn in the semifinals of the Billy Bock Classic Friday at White Hall Field.
White Hall’s Tyler Zuber and Woodlawn’s Gavin Johnson were matching each other inning by inning, except for one hiccup of an inning for both of them.
But Zuber’s mistakes were not as costly as White Hall advanced to today’s championship game after beating Woodlawn 4-2.
Zuber pitched the complete game and gave up two runs on four hits, walked three and struck out 12 batters. His only bump in the road came right away in the game when with one out, he gave up a double, walked a batter and hit the next two, which led to a 2-0 Woodlawn lead in the first.
“Tyler Zuber threw a great game,” White Hall coach Skip Carr said. “His first inning was a little shaky, but after that, he was in command of his pitches, threw strikes and got ahead of the county, and the defense made some great plays.”
Johnson shut White Hall (3-2) down for the first two innings before running into trouble in the third. He started the inning with back-to-back walks and Landon Reed followed with an RBI double, Hunter Hale hit a sacrifice fly and Jacob Holland added an RBI double. With the score 3-2 White Hall, Clay Cannon hit an RBI single to cap off the Bulldogs’ scoring in the third.
After the third, Johnson only gave up one hit as he went six innings and gave up five hits, walked two and struck out 11.
Woodlawn (7-1) coach Tommy Richardson said Johnson just had a mental lapse for one inning.
“He’s a good pitcher and will pitch well for us the rest of the year, but we just have to get rid of that mental lapse,” he said. “We’ve had that before, that one inning and one little mental lapse.”
Carr said he was happy with how his team played.
“I am proud of our guys,” he said. “We had a game earlier and didn’t know how we would recover, and they played hard all seven innings.”
White Hall plays Bryant at 4:30 p.m. today at Taylor Field for the championship. That game will follow Woodlawn vs. the Harrison vs. Marked Tree loser at 2:15 p.m.
White Hall 15,
Marked Tree 0
White Hall won its first game of the Billy Bock Classic 15-0 over Marked Tree in five innings Friday.
Pierce Sloan got the win as he went four innings, struck out four batters and gave up two hits. He added a 2-for-3 performance at the plate with two RBIs.
Jacob Holland hit a two-run home run for White Hall and had a total of four RBIs. Justin McCarty was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Woodlawn 2, Harrison 1
Woodlawn jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Harrison and held on for the 2-1 win.
Trey Hankins got the start for Woodlawn and picked up the win. Bret Boyd pitched in relief of Hankins before Dillon Miller came on and got the save.
Harrison will play Marked Tree at 9 this morning.