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Stilly Valley clubs South Skagit to remain undefeated
The Stilly Valley Senior Little League baseball team waited patiently for Skagit to pitch to them. They waited a long time as nine walks in the first two innings produced nine Stilly runs. Brandon Pierce needed only 60 pitches for the homeside to complete an 11-1 victory for Stilly.
Pierce took the mound hoping to continue the remarkable success of this years senior club, already off to a 15-0 start. Other than conceding a second-inning run, Pierce controlled the game start to finish. In the fifth and final inning due to mercy rule, Pierce threw a strike-three curveball so filthy that the South Skagit batter nearly fell over.
Pierce got plenty of run support behind him. In the first inning a leadoff walk to Tyler Wenland got things started for Stilly. Chris Wenland walked behind him and after three more walks and a single by Austin Baker Stilly led 4-0. The second inning went similarly as walks to Chris Wenland and Brandon Pierce set up an RBI single from Jake Campbell. Michael Hamilton singled in another run behind Campbell and then Austin Baker added two more RBI to his total with a chopper up the middle of the infield.
In the third inning Stilly kept coming. A double from Chris Wenland followed by another Campbell single game Stilly a 10-1 lead and total control of the game.
Pierce continued to cruise along on the mound, not encountering much difficulty from the Skagit bats.
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, Stilly came up again with a chance to push their lead. Austin Baker doubled to lead off the inning and he scored on a Chris Wenland RBI single. Wenland finished the game 2-2 with a single, a double and two walks.
Michael Hamilton went 2-2 with one walk and two RBI.
Assistant Coach Cary Bennett talked about the teams success this year.
Weve outscored our opponents 173-51 in the first 15 games. Thats a pretty ridiculous run differential.
Head Coach Lance Otto also discussed the win.
We hit the ball well and we didnt make any errors. You do those two things, youve got a good shot to win a game. Pierce pitched well for us.
Pitcher Brandon Pierce talked about his performance as well.
It felt good in the fifth inning when my curveball finally worked. We hit well tonight and the bats were the difference. We just work really well as a team.
The team now moves to 16-0 with six games remaining in their regular season.