• Bulldogs use 7th inning rally to knock off HCC leader Zionsville

    May 15, 2012 No comments

    Brownsburg used a seventh-inning rally to erase a two run deficit before having to withstand the host Zionsville Eagles own seventh-inning rally as the Bulldogs came away with a 5 – 4 victory. The loss for the Hoosier Crossroads Conference leading Eagles was only their third of the season.

    In a matchup of ace starting pitchers, Brownsburg senior Jordan Deal came away with the complete-game victory, his third of the season, while Eagles starter Parker Dunshee suffered his first loss of the season.

    The game was scoreless until the third inning when both teams put runs on the board. Brownsburg took an early 1 – 0 lead when John Moore laced a two-out single to left followed by back-to-back walks to Isaac Sampen and Bobby Carr. That brought Sam Sampen to the plate who drew a four pitch walk to force Moore in from third and give the Bulldogs the early lead.

    The lead would not last however as the Eagles plated three runs in the bottom half of the inning though only one of the runs were earned. Eagles designated hitter Cameron Ritchie led off the inning with an infield single before advancing to second on a wild pitch. He would tie the game on Mic Ritchie’s RBI double to right. A Bulldogs error would allow Mic Ritchie to score and the Eagles would plate their third run of the inning on Ryan Bertram’s two-out RBI single.

    The score remained 3 – 1 until the seventh-inning as both pitchers had little trouble getting through the middle innings. Logan Coughlin began the Bulldogs seventh with a triple to right the Bulldogs third triple of the game. He would score on Jeremy Jones RBI single up the middle to cut the deficit to one. After Dunshee struck out Moore for the first out in the top of the seventh, Isaac Sampen followed with a one-out single to put runners at first and third. Bobby Carr would follow with a single to short center field to score Jones with the tying run and put runners on the corners with one out. That would be the end of the day for Parker Dunshee as he was relieved by Ben Kocher. Sam Sampen would come to the plate as Kocher induced what looked to be a game ending double play as Sampen grounded the ball to second base. But Sam Sampen beat the relay throw to first while his brother Isaac scored the go ahead run from third. Sam Sampen would later come around to score what proved to be a pivotal insurance run when Eagles catcher Ryan Bertram tried to pick them off of first base and threw the ball down the right-field line to give the Bulldogs at 5 – 3 lead.

    The Eagles would mount a rally of their own in the bottom of the seventh as centerfielder Drew Small hit a one-out single to left before eventually coming around on a throwing error by Bulldogs shortstop Mike Hartnagel. With Zionsville trailing by one run and runners at second and third with only one out, the Bulldogs were forced to bring the infield in. Parker Dunshee hit a sharp ground ball to second baseman Leo Tabasco that forced the runners to hold and provided the second out of the inning. Bertram ended the game with a fly ball to center as the Bulldogs hung on for the 5 – 4 win.

    The Bulldogs and Eagles will wrap up the two-game series this afternoon when Zionsville visits Rose Park at Brownsburg High School. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 this afternoon and can be heard on XRBradio.com and audiosportsonline.com.

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