The Pleasant Grove Hawks beat the Ferris Yellow Jackets 5-1 in an area playoff game Thursday at Woods Field at ETBU in Marshall, Tx.
Hawk freshman Hunter Rose was the winning pitcher for the Hawks. Rose pitched the entire 7 inning game allowing 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out eleven.
Jak0b Ramos was the hard luck losing pitcher for the Yellow Jackets. Ramos pitched 6 innings allowing 5 runs, all in the first 2 innings. Ramos pitched 4 scoreless innings after the Hawks took their 5-run lead.
The Hawks were led at the plate by junior Brenton Clark. Clark was 2-for-3 with a 3-run home run, triple and 2 runs scored. Jarret Halter was 2-for-3 with a run, JM Long was 1-for-3 with an RBI and was 2-for-3 with a double and run. Freshman Jace Elrod was 1-for-2 with an RBI with a run scored. Elrod also stole a base.
Hawks head coach Riley Fincher was pleased with his starting pitcher
“Hunter Rose threw exceptionally well,” Pleasant Grove Hawks head baseball coach Riley Fincher said. He (Hunter Rose) was locating his pitches well and our defense played well behind him.”
Coach Fincher said you have to take your cap off to the Ferris pitcher
“We got to him early on, he settled in and located his pitches really well,” Coach Fincher said.
Fincher said getting off to the early lead was big
“Our guys competed up there and it was big for us. It all starts at the top of the order with Brenton Clark. He did a great job leading off with a triple and then he hit a 3 run home run, but all our guys up and down the order did a great job.”
Pleasant Grove will play the winner of the series between Lindale and Community in the regional quarterfinals next week. Pleasant Grove baseball games are all broadcast live on 94.1 FM ESPN-Texarkana.