Bulldogs dominate in sweep

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Westover's Kel Miller slides into second base ahead of a tag from Harlem's Mickey McIntire. The Bulldogs pounded the Patriots twice to advance to the second round.

Jimmie Lewis was thrilled with the way his entire lineup was hitting the ball as Harlem closed in on a first-round state playoff series win over visiting Westover on Friday night.


The Bulldogs just kept hitting. Then, they hit some more.

Eventually, Lewis started bringing in underclassmen. They hit, too.

A nine-run sixth inning capped a big day at the plate for the Bulldogs, who swept the Patriots 10-0 and 18-1, both in six innings, in their Class AAA first-round series.

"Coming into today, we're all nervous because we hear about this Westover kid that's supposed to be really good, and he was," said Josh Wirsu, who went 5 for 5 with a walk and a hit by pitch in the series.

"We just practiced all week, so we were ready."

The Patriots (15-9) started ace Robert Daniel in Game 2. He was effective for two innings, but the Bulldogs (16-11) torched him after that.

They scored five runs in the third on five hits. They added four more in the fourth to take a commanding 9-1 lead.

Fourteen batters came to the plate and eight had a base hit during a nine-run sixth inning..

Against Daniel and reliever James Langston, Harlem posted 19 hits, including seven for extra bases.

Wirsu got the win in Game 1, allowing only three hits and striking out 10.

Aaron Moore started the scoring in the first contest, blasting a three-run homer in the first inning that hit halfway up a pine tree past the left-center field wall.

Josh Wirsu, a senior, reluctantly gave the nod to his brother, a junior, when asked who pitched a better game.

Tyler Wirsu struck out 13 batters and gave up only two hits and an unearned run in the first inning.

He got stronger as the game went along, as he fanned 10 of the last 13 batters he faced. More than half of them came on a curveball that the Patriots couldn't seem to solve.

"We always have a competition, trying to one-up each other," Tyler Wirsu said. "I had to do better than my brother."

Zach McIntire went a combined 4 for 8 in the two games.

The Bulldogs advance to Wednesday's second round, where they'll either play host to Jackson or travel to Mary Persons.


Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:20

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