By Cassandra Swartz
A nearly perfect night by P.K. Yonge paired with an error-prone evening for Eastside resulted in a 10-0 mercy rule.
The visiting Rams fell to 2-5 on the season, while the Blue Wave rolled to 7-0. Ace pitcher Drew Dawson delivered a dominant performance to bolster P.K. and keep Eastside off the board.
He was on the mound for all five innings and threw ten strikeouts, including striking out the side in the top of the first to start the game on a high note for the home team.
Dawson held the Rams to only one hit and baserunner all night, which was Yacuum Acaad who hit a single in the second inning. The tops of the first, third, fourth and fifth were all 1-2-3 innings for the Blue Wave, which kept the Rams from ever even threatening.
“[He] pitched a great game,” said P.K. head coach Rob Brunson. “When you do that, there’s not much else you can do other than score some runs, which we did.”
The Blue Wave started their scoring early, with Cody Cellon hitting a single in the bottom of the first that turned into a double when the throw to first went high. Timmy DePaul drove Cellon home to make it 1-0. They doubled the score in the bottom of the second.
Lane Sparkman drew a walk to lead the inning off, advanced on a Jacob Pridgen hit and made it home as Aidan Mansfield reached first on an error. P.K. opened the game up in the bottom of the third.
TJ Shay hit a double and looked like he’d just advance to third on a groundout by DePaul, but the Rams first baseman lost the ball causing DePaul to be safe and Shay to make it home.
Now 3-0, the Blue Wave loaded the bases with the help of a walk and a single.Mansfield capitalized with a single of his own to score Caleb Harker. Bases still loaded, Kyrin Griffith drove another single to knock in Sparkman and Chris Strong to make it 6-0.
The lead continued to growin the bottom of the fourth, helped along by sloppy play from Eastside. A walk and consecutive singles loaded the bases to start the inning for the Blue Wave.
Shay crossed the plate on a wild pitch, and then on the next pitch, DePaul raced home on a passed ball. Harker scored his second run of the game on a sacrifice grounder by Pridgen to make it 9-0.
Back up to bat in the bottom of the fifth with a chance to close out the game early, Griffith was hit by a pitch and proceeded to steal second to put himself in scoring position with no outs.
Dawson drove a ball to shortstop that advanced Griffith to third while he easily beat the throw to first, but for the second time the Rams first baseman mishandled the throw and gave the runner the opportunity to keep going.
Griffith crossed the plate to put the Blue Wave up 10-0 and end the game in less than five full innings.
“We did everything to win that game,” said Dawson, who delivered on the mound and over the plate. “I’m feeling very good about this season; I hope we can keep this win streak going."
Eastside hosts a surging Santa Fe team next Tuesday. P.K. Yonge has a busy slate of games coming up, including one against also undefeated Union County, but until then, the Blue Wave is satisfied with tonight’s performance.
“We’re doing pretty well,” said Coach Brunson. “I’m proud of them."