Bears end season May 16
MT. JULIET -- With the game on the line, Bradley Wilson pitched backwards and as a result, his Rossview team is moving on to the finals of the Region 5-AAA tournament following a May 16 rain-soaked 3-0 win over Mt. Juliet.
After working the early innings with a solid fastball, the sturdy right-hander befuddled Golden Bear hitters in the late going by alternating a slow curve and deadly change early in the count.
Wilson threw a complete game six-hitter, walking just one batter and striking out four as the Hawks improved to 26-12, snapping a modest two-game losing streak.
"He came out in the first few innings leading with the fastball," said Mt. Juliet coach Mark Purvis. "I thought we were on it and swung the bat well. But he adjusted and went to the change-up a lot in fastball counts. He kept us off balance."
Rossview scratched out a pair of runs in the top of the fourth as Wilson helped his own cause with an RBI double.
His courtsey runner eventually scored on an RBI single by Grey Epps.
Mt. Juliet (27-11) mounted a threat in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with one out as Tyler Brown reached on an error, moved up on back-to-back singles by Aaron Brown and Cade Hoppe.
Alex Deriggi lifted a deep fly to right-center, scoring Tyler Brown from third, but on appeal, Aaron Brown was called out for leaving second base too soon, ending the inning and taking the run off the board.
"Deriggi has been out best hitter the last couple of weeks. He barreled one up, then . . . ," Purvis said.
Aaron Brown (7-2) worked six and one-third innings and was tagged with the loss. He scattered six hits, allowed two earned runs with three strikeouts and one walk.
"I was telling one of our assistants over the weekend, that if you're able to get out of your district, you've had a good year," Purvis said.
"If we could have won a couple of more it would have been a great year.
"But credit Rossview. They really played well."