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Phillips perfect, Bulldogs win four

Cory Phillips fell behind the first William Blount batter he faced, 3 balls, no strikes.

But from there the Bearden senior starter was practically flawless, firing a perfect game on only 44 pitches, five innings, in an 11-0 Dawgs rout Monday, April 5, at BHS.

“He was awesome from the first inning on,” BHS head coach Jack Tate said. “He was amazing.”

Phillips and the Dawgs (6-8 overall, 4-1 in District 4-AAA after the win) used a three-RBI double from Derek Lance and a two-hit, three-RBI day from Garrett Sale.

“He had nine ground ball outs; the defense and the infield was outstanding as well,” Tate said.

Tate noted “a lot of improvement” as Bearden won three of five in a South Carolina tourney comprised of 32 teams from 10 states.

“I thought a lot of senior pitchers really came through for us,” Tate said about Philips, Chase Keen and Anson Quillen, as BHS played in the Mingo Bay Classic, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Monday-Thursday, March 29-April 1.

“Drew Pasillas had a really good week down there,” Tate said about his senior catcher/third baseman. “I thought Trey York [sophomore shortstop] played extremely well, he was on base about 70 percent.”

Bearden began tourney play with an 11-0 blanking of Pendleton County, W.Va. Monday, March 29.

Winning pitcher Phillips went the distance, five innings, allowing just two hits. Ty Greene and Chris Hamilton each had two hits.

Next came a 15-2 drubbing of Morgantown, W.Va., March 30, led offensively by Hamilton's grand slam, Keen's three-run homer and Travis Scates' two-run homer.

Winning pitcher Keen's five-inning complete game effort saw the senior allow just three hits with five strikeouts.

A 9-4 loss to Myrtle Beach High, March 31, slowed the momentum, though York smacked a three-run homer while Pasillas homered.

The Bulldogs then exploded versus South Fayette, Pittsburgh, Pa., winning 21-11 March 31 as Pasillas' homered and tripled, driving in four runs, while York and Zach Sale each hit home runs.

Dean Cates was winning pitcher, firing four innings.

A 15-5 loss to Conway, Myrtle Beach, Thursday, ended the tourney, though Pasillas' three hits included a three-run homer and double. Hamilton added two hits.


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