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BASEBALL: Cameron Downs Beallsville

Three Dragons hurlers hurl a four-hitter

March 29, 2012
By TRACY WATSON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CAMERON - There are many different ingredients that go into winning a high school baseball game, not the least of which is being able to take advantage of the other team's mistakes.

Thursday afternoon, Eric James' Cameron club was able to find that key ingredient while Beallsville's Terry Jarrett was left trying to stir the pot with his youthful Blue Devils.

Ryan Hughes, Austin Warsinsky and Mark Walker combined on a four-hitter while the Dragons pushed across five unearned runs to escape with a 7-2 verdict against Beallsville.

The biggest difference was the hosts scoring five runs off the Devils' (0-2) seven errors while the visitors could not plate anything off five Cameron (4-1) miscues.

"The reality of things is that if you take away those five unearned runs they gave us this is a 2-2 game," James said. "But when you are facing a young team like that, you have to stay the course and play your game. I was not the least bit surprised that they were able to stay in this one."

After both teams missed scoring chances in the first, the Dragons pushed across a pair in the second with some two-out lighting and a pair of gifts. Atsushi Mukai singled with two gone and went to third when Austin Pegg reached on a error. Mukai later scored on an errant pick-off attempt to make it 1-0.

Pegg came around to score on Ivan Hall's double to deep left.

Senior Mitchel French was safe on another Blue Devils error to begin the third and scored on Hughes' double, with Mark Walker's run-scoring sacrifice fly making it a 4-0 count a short time later.

Cameron added another unearned run in the fourth before Taylor Neely's RBI triple in the fifth made it a 6-0 margin.

Beallsville picked up three of its four hits in the sixth, including a one-out single by Robert Valentine followed by a double off the back of Drew Tubaugh. John Dietrich's two-out, two-run single cut the deficit to 6-2.

Austin Pegg capped the scoring for the Dragons in the sixth with a towering home run to deep left-center field.

"We began the game with some errors, and you really can't do that against a solid team," James added. "To our credit we were able to gut it out and we also made some pretty good plays along the way.

"There were some timely hits, Austin Pegg hit his first home run here, Ryan Hughes is just seeing the ball so well and Taylor Neely is hitting the ball hard but just needs to find some holes.

"I told Coach Jarrett that they are going to be a scary team in two or three years. They have some gritty, gutsy kids over there who can play the game."

Warsinsky took over on the mound in the fourth and earned a victory after Hughes had allowed just one hit and no runs through three. Walker recorded the final three outs. In all, the trio combined for 10 strikeouts and two walks.

Logan Nippert pitched well, but was done in by his defense and took the loss. He fanned five and walked one, but allowed just four hits in five frames.

"It seems like the ball has had eyes in the two games we have played," Jarrett joked. "Don't get me wrong, Cameron hits the ball real well, but we are young and have to play better defense.

"There were some letdowns, and you can't expect to win with those, but we did keep them in the park for the most part. We are a young team that needs to continue to work and hopefully we will get to where we want to be."

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