4/10/2013 8:47:00 PM Demons 2nd in conference event
Perkins-Tryon’s Chance Alley slides safely into second base after stealing it in the first inning of Saturday’s championship game of the 66 Conference Tournament at Stroud. The host Tigers rolled to a 6-1 win over the Demons. Alley reached on a leadoff single. Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick
Perkins-Tryon first baseman Austin Nietenhoefer tags a Stroud baserunner out after fielding a ground ball during the third inning of Saturday’s championship game of the 66 Conference Tournament in Stroud. The Demons dropped a 6-1 decision to the Tigers. Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick
By Rick Lomenick Journal Sports Editor
STROUD - The Perkins-Tryon Demons finished second in the 66 Conference Tournament following Saturday's 6-1 loss to the host Stroud Tigers.
P-T reached the finals last Friday with wins over Chandler and Prague. The weather-modified games were played at Chandler.
Against Stroud, the game was scoreless until the top of the third inning when Stroud plated its first run. Four more were added in the top of the fourth with a two run homer highlighting the Tigers' rally. The runs were manufactured on five hits. One more run was added in the fifth inning.
The Demons prevented the shutout in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dillon Longbrake led off and reached on an error. He advanced to third when Chance Alley followed by reaching on a two-base error. Longbrake scored when Tanner Bridenstine grounded out to first base for the 6-1 final score.
P-T had other scoring opportunities but couldn't capitalize. In the third inning, Bridenstine reached on a fielder's choice and later went to third on Brady Davis' deep single to center field. A strike out ended the inning.
In the sixth, Davis reached on a leadoff error. Two outs later, he advanced to third on Austin Nietenhoefer's single to right field but an ensuing fly ball out ended that threat. Even in the seventh, Alley was left at third and Davis was on first with an infield pop fly ended the game.
Alley led P-T with 2-4 outing with two singles.
Tanner Bane was the losing pitcher in four innings of work. Bane surrendered six runs on 11 hits and allowed two walks. He did record five strikeouts. He was relieved by Longbrake in the fifth inning who limited Stroud to one hit and a walk while fanning four.
P-T met Chandler in the semifinals game Friday and used a Hunter Hays' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to gain a 2-1 win.
Chandler went down in order in the top of the eighth inning with the score still knotted at 1-1. In the home half of the frame, Alley led off and reached on the Lions' only error of the game when a fly ball was dropped in the outfield. A hustling Alley reached second on the play.
Bridenstine was intentionally walked but was later forced out on Shelby Reese's ground ball. That moved Alley to third base. Davis was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Hays stepped up and blasted a long fly ball to center field that was caught. It was deep enough for Alley to race home for the winning score.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when each team scored a single run. Chandler's was scored on an error. P-T's run was manufactured when Bridenstine reached on a one out double. Reese followed with a two-bagger that scored Bridenstine for the 1-1 tie that set up the extra inning excitement.
P-T scattered five hits with Bridenstine going 2-for-3 with a single, double, and walk.
Longbrake was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Zeke Dougan. Longbrake entered in the seventh inning and didn't allow a hit in two innings of work. He did strike out one.
Dougan turned in a solid performance in the six innings he was on the hill. Dougan scattered four hits while allowing the single run. He struck out two and didn't allow a walk.
Against Prague, the Demons scored all their runs in the first three innings for the 12-0 run-rule triumph in first round action.
P-T only had six hits but got help from five Red Devil errors in those three frames.
Defensively, Reese pitched a two-hit shutout in going the distance. Prague tagged him for two hits in the second inning and worked the bases loaded with one out. Reese countered with back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the inning. Prague would not threaten again.
Reese also had six strkeouts and walked three.
Bridenstine and Alex Dougan each had a double. Alley added two RBIs and scored three runs to support the effort.
Stroud 6, P-T 1
SHS 001 410 0 - 6 12 4 P-T 000 000 1 - 1 5 1
SHS: Freeman and Wright.
P-T: Tanner Bane, Dillon Longbrake (5th) and Alex Dougan. W - Freeman. L - Bane (3-3).