Rochester pitcher Braden Hartley spun 14 strikeouts while allowing just three hits as the Warriors slipped past W.F. West in a 2-1 victory in 2A Evergreen Conference action in Chehalis on Tuesday.
Hartley was solid in what turned out to be a pitching duel with W.F. West’s Logan Moore. Hartley allowed zero earned runs with four walks and three hits in a complete-game victory.
Moore helped keep the Bearcats in it, striking out eight while allowing just one earned run on five hits and three walks.
“Hartley was real impressive,” W.F. West coach Bryan Bullock said. “He’s one of the top pitchers in our league, if not in the state in (Class) 2A. Logan did a good job matching him. It was a good baseball game if you like pitching duels.”
But the Warriors took advantage of three Bearcat errors, including one in the first inning where a W.F. West player scored on a dropped flyball in the outfield.
Landon Hawes led the Warriors’ offense by reaching base in all four plate appearances, going 3 for 4 at the plate with a walk and an RBI. Hartley helped himself by going 1 for 2 and scoring a run, Mason Ubias was 1 for 3 with a run while Tony Groninger drove in Hartley in the first inning.
The Bearcats offense was held to just three hits, with Gavin Fugate going 1 for 4, Evan Stajduhar scoring the lone run while going 1 for 3 and Ross Kelley going 1 for 2 with a walk.
“We just did not swing the bat well,” Bullock said. ‘We’ll look to get back on track.
W.F. West (9-3, 4-2 EvCo) and Rochester are right back at it with a rematch in Rochester on Wednesday.