Posted April 2, 2013 | comments Leave a comment

Plunkett helps Central past Clarke County

By Tommy Keeler Jr.

BERRYVILLE -- Central's John Plunkett didn't overpower Clarke County's hitters, but he didn't have to.

The senior pitched six solid innings and relied on his defense to lead the Falcons to a 7-3 Bull Run District baseball victory over the Eagles on Tuesday.

Plunkett struck out two, but walked only one as he improved to 3-0.

"He pitched really good," Central coach Donn Foltz said. "He threw strikes and we played defense."

The Falcons were error-free, but the same could not be said for the Eagles. Clarke County made four errors, which led to many of the Falcons' runs.

Central scored five runs in the top of the third inning to take control of the game.

The Falcons added another two runs in the top of the seventh, after the Eagles had scored a run in the bottom of the sixth.

"I thought those two runs in the seventh were big, to give us some insurance," Foltz said.

Central's Cody Sager pitched the seventh.

Hayden Bauserman had two hits for the Falcons, and Plunkett went 2 for 4 with three runs scored. Lukas Waldron had a hit and an RBI for the Falcons.

Clarke County's David Betz pitched the complete game and threw just more than 90 pitches.

"Betz had a great day," Clarke County coach Jon Novick said. "We've talked about working on his efficiency to go a full seven, and right around 90 [pitches]. That's a huge improvement, and a huge day for him.

"That's a bad-luck loss because of what happened on the field behind him."

Novick said the Eagles haven't any issues with errors all season, so he was surprised to see so many against the Falcons.

Clarke County had 10 hits, but had trouble getting timely ones. Novick said the Eagles have to do a better job scoring runs.

"The unearned runs don't really mater if you can't score runs yourself," Novick said.

Central plays again on Friday, when it hosts Madison County. The Falcons also host the Harry Combs Tournament on Saturday.

Foltz said he's happy with the way his team has played so far this season.

"They're a pretty good group," Foltz said. "They work hard and it's been paying off so far. They work hard and I'm just glad to see them have good fortune."

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com

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