• Bulldogs Carr hits 3 run homer in extra innings to beat Millers

    April 21, 2011 No comments

    It was a cold, damp day to play baseball in Noblesville yesterday as the Brownsburg Bulldogs faced off against the Noblesville Millers in a Hoosier Crossroads Conference matchup. After a one day delay as heavy rains and storms postponed the originally scheduled game on Tuesday, the Bulldogs and Millers hooked up in what proved to be a performance dominated by the starting pitchers.

    Brownsburg’s Isaac Sampen took the mound for the Bulldogs as he went toe-to-toe with Noblesville starter Derek Asuras. When all was said and done after seven innings, both pitchers had shut down the opposing batters as Sampen scattered 6 hits while striking out 10 and Asuras limited the Bulldogs to only 2 hits while striking out 15 as both teams were held scoreless as the game went in to extra innings.

    The Millers put the leadoff man aboard in five of the seven innings they faced Sampen, but Sampen would bear down and ended three of those innings striking out the final batter for the third out.

    Asuras cruised through eight innings of work as he struck out the side in the first and sixth innings and struck out five Bulldogs in a row in the sixth through the seventh innings. Asuras gave up only two hits through eight innings as John Moore had a leadoff single in the fourth and Tyler Hampton reached on a single in the fifth.

    The Millers had their chance to end the game in the eighth inning when Asuras led off the inning with an infield single off of Levi Slawta who entered the eighth inning in relief of Sampen. With Andrew Rodgers at the plate, Asuras stole second to put the winning run in scoring position with nobody out. Rodgers then hit a looping fly ball to left where Bulldog left fielder Tyler Owensby made a shoestring grab on the run to record the first out of the inning and then fired the ball to second base to double off Asuras who had taken off and was rounding third base when Owensby made the catch.

    The base running error proved to be costly for Noblesville as one batter later Reid Baker hit a double to deep center field that would have given the Millers the win. After an intentional walk to Jameson Brock put runners at first and second with two out, Slawta struck out Millers designated hitter Patrick Rader to end the eighth.

    Brownsburg took advantage of the Millers miscue in the ninth as Asuras took the mound to begin the inning. Bulldog center fielder Jeremy Jones led off the inning with a single and then was pinch-ran for by Ted Kackowski. Kackowki stole second to put the go ahead run in scoring position. Asuras would induce Bulldogs designated hitter John Moore in to a fly out to right field and then struck out Owensby looking. Millers head coach Justin Keever elected to intentionally walk Sampen to put runners and first and second with two out.

    That set up the scene for Brownsburg first baseman Bobby Carr who on Monday knocked in the game winning run to defeat Noblesville 3-2 at Rose Park in Brownsburg.  Carr hit the first pitch he saw from Asuras and blasted it over the right field wall for a three run home run to give the Bulldogs the lead. Asuras would give up a scorching single to left to the next batter David Oliger and would be relieved by Andrew Rogers. Rogers would intentionally walk Sam Sampen then induced a popup by Tyler Hampton to end the inning.

    Slawta took the hill in the bottom of the ninth and set down the Millers in order to pick up the win.

    Asuras took the loss even though he pitched magnificently mixing in a good fastball and a devastating change up that had Bulldogs batters swinging out in front the entire game. Asuras gave up 3 runs on only 5 hits while striking out 17 and walking only 3 with one of those walks intentional. But he couldn’t get the offensive help he needed to pick up the win as Noblesville would leave 11 runners on base.

    Sampen pitched equally well for the Bulldogs as for the second game in a row he held the opposition scoreless through seven innings. Sampen pitched seven innings of no run baseball while scattering 6 hits and striking out 10 while walking only two. Slawta gave up two hits and struck out two in his two innings of work.

    The win is the Bulldogs third in a row while the loss was the Millers fifth in a row. Brownsburg will next play at Hamilton Southeastern in a 5:30 game on Friday.

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