Joining the noise of pre-Independence Day fireworks, Monday evening at Trollinger-Haggard field were the sounds of the Bulldog bats pounding Wagoner pitching, pelting multiple shots off of the outfield fence. And along the way, Jay flashed some leather, to go with some solid pitching, to make it 5 wins in a row, with a double-header sweep of Wagoner.
Cayle Shambaugh took the hill for the opening game and despite pitching a little bit deep into the count, got out of the top of the first, no harm done, on 22 pitches.
The home ’Dogs let a big scoring opportunity get away from them in their first at bats. John Davenport led off with a walk and advanced to third on Kyle Shambaugh’s base hit. A subsequent strikeout, an infield fly and a called third strike failed to advance the runner.
Starter Shambaugh found his groove and fanned seven batters in a row before yielding a base on balls in the top of the third. But catcher Ty Moore cut down that base runner with a perfect throw to second.
Gage Foreman led off the bottom of the fourth with a rocket shot off of the left field fence and scored the first run when Moore ‘stayed back’ for the curve ball and corked it over the infield for an RBI.
After four innings of 1-hit shutout ball, Cayle gave way to Kyle Shambaugh on the mound.
In the bottom of the fifth , Cayle and Travis Corporon laced back to back doubles to stretch the lead to a pair.
Kyle Shambaugh pitched his way around a single and Jay’s only error in the top of the sixth.
Jesse Scott lead off the home half of the sixth with a single, swiped second and scored on Tyler Kauffman’s RBI single.
Kauffman scored the final insurance run on John Davenport’s 2-base hit and Shambaugh got the final 3 outs on a pair of pop-ups and a grounder, preserving the 4-0 shutout.
Davenport led off the second game offense for the Bulldogs by stretching a single into a double with some hustle on the base paths. Kyle Shambaugh chased Davenport home with double of his own. And a subsequent wild pitch, to go with a Wagoner error scored Shambaugh.
Starting pitcher Corporon pitched a perfect second inning and yielded to Trevor January.
In the bottom of the third Foreman rocketed his second double of the night for an RBI and came into score on January’s hit.
In the top of the fourth Moore came out from behind the plate and took over the pitching duties for the remainder of the game. Moore took care of the visitors in order in the top of the frame, while in the bottom half Matt Henderson’s triple scored Tyler Buss.
Davenport’s long fly ball scored Henderson and Kyle Shambaugh followed with a single. Cayle’s second double of the night plated his brother for the seventh run of the game. Wagoner’s only run of the night came as the result of a walk, a wild pitch and a passed ball followed by a double.