Bridgeport Bulldogs’ Hurler Dyson Mows Down Cameron Dragons
CAMERON – It may have been billed as a high school baseball game between Bridgeport and Cameron High Schools, but Saturday afternoon Bulldogs’ senior Parker Dyson put his name all over the event at Dragons Field.
The lanky southpaw mowed down hitter after hitter on the mound while also doing plenty of enough damage at the plate to help Bridgeport post a blowout win.
Dyson fired a no-hitter, with his only blemish on the day a two-out first inning walk, while collecting two singles, a home run and chasing home four as the Bulldogs presented Head Coach Ted Downing with his 299th career victory, an 18-0 thrashing of Cameron in five innings in the first game of a double-header.
“I think we need to tell Parker that it is Saturday everyday he pitches,” Downing joked. “He has been absolutely dominating on Saturdays.”
“He throws the ball very hard and when he has his control he is just so tough to hit, and he had total command (Saturday).”
Dyson needed just 58 pitches in all and posted 11 strikeouts, including the final nine batters he faced, and 10 of the last 11. A walk to Ryan Clutter on a 3-2 pitch with two down in the first was the Dragons’ (2-5) only base-runner, but Dyson quickly picked him off of first before even throwing another pitch.
For Bridgeport (10-4) the game included 13 hits, eight walks, six Cameron errors and even three balks, along with plenty of wild pitches as the Bulldogs were very aggressive on the bases. The visitors also swiped five bags in the first three frames.
Matt Herink’s two-run single got things started in the first before Bridgeport added four in the second. The first run came on a walk, wild pitch, balk and an error on a pick-off attempt while the second came around on an error, wild pitch, balk and Bailey McGrath run-scoring fielder’s choice.
It became 6-0 on RBI singles from Q.J. Williams and Dyson.
A total of seven more crossed the dish in the third with freshman Jeremiah Booker collecting a run-scoring single and Dyson ripping a line-drive two-run shot deep over the left-center field fence. Errors and wild-pitches helped five more to come across as the count rose to 13-0.
Bridgeport added two more tallies in the fourth and three in the fifth as Dyson continued his mastery on the hill.
“We have been playing solid baseball,” Downing added. “And we got some timely hits and took advantage of their mistakes (Saturday). But we have to keep going out and playing well.
“We are hoping to claw our way back into the OVAC playoff hunt. We were sixth entering the week and have won all five of our games heading into the second game (Saturday).”
For Rich Moffo’s Dragons, who were coming off a Friday victory over Shadyside, it was a matter of running directly into a buzz saw.
“They are a very well coached, very disciplined team that just totally outplayed us,” Moffo admitted. “That kid (Dyson) was a hard-throwing lefty, actually the first one we have seen this year, and they also hit the ball very well and fielded it.”
Wheeling Central 8 Parkersburg Catholic 7
BRIDGEPORT – Joe Minor and Anthony Gentile picked up two doubles to help Wheeling Park defeat Parkesburg Catholic. Isaac Rine had two singles for the Maroon Knights.
Jake Boice had a single, double and two RBI to lead Parkersburg Catholic.
Wheeling Central 6 Madonna 0
BRIDGEPORT – In a pitching duel, Wheeling Central defeated Madonna. Nate Bakaitis fanned nine Blue Dons compared to walking three. The senior also had a great day at the plate as he tallied a single and double. Brian Campbell also hit a double and single while Kevin Keane contributed with two singles for the Maroon Knights (7-6).
Nick Mazur struck out seven batters for Madonna while Matthew Lyons had two singles.
Indian Creek 8
WINTERSVILLE – Indian Creek scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to capture a victory against Bellaire. Cole Yeater picked up a single, double and two RBI for the Redskins while Anthony Krager had two singles and one RBI. Sean Smith tallied a single and one RBI.
For the Red Riders, Tyler West belted three singles and brought home a run while Tyler Ramsey, Mason Ramsey and Brennon Conroy all had two singles.
Tyler Consolidated 16-9
MIDDLEBOURNE – Tyler Consolidated took two games from Valley as they swept the Lumberjacks in a double header. In Game 1, the Silver Knights (8-4) scored 16 runs on 16 hits. Dillon Glover had a field day with four singles and five RBI while Austin Thompson belted a home run, tallied two singles and three RBI. Trent Smith had three singles and three RBI while Dylan Roberts contributed with a single and RBI.
For Valley, Peyton Palmer secured two singles and two RBI while Colby Bucher tallied three singles and two RBI. Triston Kocher dialed up three singles and two RBI.
In Game 2, Jordan Baker cashed in on a triple and had one RBI while Thompson dialed up on two triples and three RBI. Roberts was the winning pitcher as he struck out six batters.
Trey Streets had a single, double and two RBI for Valley as well as Taylor Bates.
Magnolia 4, St. Marys 2
ST MARYS – Magnolia secured its first win of the season as it defeated St. Marys. Derrick Blain went the distance on the mound as he struck out 11 and walked five. Tyler Anderson belted a trible and a single for the Blue Eagles (1-11) while Nick Priem tallied a single and RBI. Joe Fox had two singles for St. Marys (10-5).
Harrison Central 6-7
WELLSBURG – The Brooke baseball team swept Harrison Central in a twinbill. In Game 1, Mario Lombardi got the win as he struck out nine Huskies compared to walking three. Fargo Camerlengo belted a triple and brought home four runs while Justin Loughrie had two singles and Chad Harper secured a double.
For the Huskies, Brandon Mitchell tallied three singles while Dustin Redish had a triple, single and two RBI.
In Game 2, Lombardi had two singles, a double and two RBI while Drew Garrett secured a single and double. Nick Leonard struck out five batters and also had two singles for the Bruins.
For Harrison Central, Logan Starr and Reese Saho secured two singles while Austyn Porter belted a double and RBI.
John Marshall 5-8
CLARKSBURG – John Marshall and Liberty split a double header. Ty Wickline struck out six batters to help Liberty get the win in Game 1 while Bo Drummond had two singles and RBI. Broderick Lantz and Thomas Surrock had a single, double and RBI. For the Monarchs, Thad Herback belted a two-run home run in the first inning while Alex Whorton had a double.
In Game 2, Logan Grimm went the distance on the mound for the Monarchs striking out seven to gain the win. Jared Horan had two singles, one double and three RBI while Quentin Blatt had two doublers and one RBI.
Thomas Surrock had a triple for Liberty.
Oak Glen 3-1
RICHMOND – In a double header, Edison swept Oak Glen. In Game 1, Austin Horan had a double, single and RBI while Dom Rogers struck out five batters and walked three. For Oak Glen, Zach Porter belted a double and RBI. In Game 2, the Wildcats secured 13 hits as Joe Nave had two singles and three RBI and Horan secured a single and double.
For the Golden Bears, Michael Campbell had two singles.