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Junior Legion Earns DH Split PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Saturday, 16 June 2012 11:09

The Watauga Junior American Legion baseball team split its double header with Hibriten Friday night at Pioneer Field. Watauga (5-5 in Area 4; 6-7-1 overall) defeated Hibriten 9-3 in game one, but lost game two, 3-2. The Junior Legion team left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning in the game-two loss. Andy Gilliam, who was at the plate,

was victimized by a questionable third-strike call.
"I know you can't argue balls and strikes, but that pitch, at least from where I was standing, looked down around his ankles," said Watauga coach Bradley Rudisill. "It was a tough call against Andy. He really played a good game. But those things happen sometimes."
Gilliam had a base hit and drove in a run in the nightcap; Steadman Sauls drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth. Starting pitcher Hunter Isaacs went four innings and suffered the loss in game two. Watauga put the contest out of reah in a hurry the opener.
The Junior Legion team scored five times in the top of the first. The big blow, a three-run double by Clay Mizner that gave Watauga its five-run cushion. Tyler Strugill belted a three-run homer in the fourth. Jesse Illich picked up the win. He went the distance and gave up three runs, two earned on six hits with three strikeouts.
Watauga entertains Fred T. Foard Monday night at 6 p.m., but the rest of the week is up in the air. Pioneer Field is hosting a portion of the Annual Will Dicus Memorial Tournament next weekend. As of now, the Friday night game against East Burke has a 50-50 chance of being played, but the Saturday game at Patton, the Sunday game at Bunker Hill and next Monday's game at Fred T. Foard will most likely be rescheduled.
"We have a lot of players competing in the Will Dicus Tournament," Rudisill said. "And with the season winding down (there's only two weeks left in the regular season, which ends on July 1), we're running out of time and dates to reschedule non-area games like Bunker Hill, East Burke and Fred T. Foard. The Alexander (County) game that was rained out (on June 1) will most likely not be played at all. We'll just have to see how things go."

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