Brentsville pitching stops Skyline

FRONT ROYAL – Brentsville pitching experienced one poor inning but remained otherwise unscathed Friday night as the Tigers knocked off Skyline High 5-2 at Bing Crosby Stadium.

The Tigers (2-0) and Hawks (1-1) are in the same 3A East Conference 28.

“He got into the jam in the third inning when we made an error and let some runs in, but otherwise he was sharp,” Brentsville coach Ryan Smith said of starter and winner Kyle Darmstead.

Darmstead (1-0) worked five complete innings before giving way to relief pitcher Thomas Sedell who gave up just one hit and a single run to the Hawks. Otherwise, Sedell, a lefthander with a rainbow curveball that hung high and seemed to confuse Skyline, handcuffed his foes.

“Well, we did a lot of things individually, but as a team we came up short. I guess if anything, I want my guys being a little more aware when they come up to bat,” said Skyline coach Jay Barnes.

Skyline opened the scoring against Darmstead in the top of the third.

Third-baseman Matthew Hartzell opened the frame by slapping a single to right. He moved to second on an error and down to third on a bunt. He was caught at the plate on a bases-loaded ground out, but the Hawks re-loaded the bases.

Anthony Perdue reached base via error, moved to second on Joe Pingley’s (3 for 3) bunt and on to third on a fielders choice. With two outs, ninth hitter Trenton Little, a sophomore, doubled into left to score Pingley with the game’s first run.

But that was all that the Hawks would score until late.

Meanwhile, Darmstead helped his cause with a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth. He moved to third when Dylan Carter slammed a double to left. Another error moved Darmstead home with the tying run.

With Carter on third due to another Skyline error, the Tigers’ Nick Neufang (2 for 2 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI) drubbed a double in the leftfield power alley to score Carter and move Lance Keiser, who had reached base on an error, to third. Keiser came on a sacrifice by Tiger Tyler Bryce.

Not only did Pingley collect three hits, but there were other positives for the Hawks.

Returning first-team All-Northwestern District catcher Gavin Kandrick threw out two baserunners, who were attempting to steal second. The Hawks turned a double play and reliever Dillon Sisk, a sophomore lefty, pitched three innings, striking out two and allowing just one run. But the sum of the parts was not enough to repel the Tigers.

Sisk relieved starter Brett Ritter (0-1) in the bottom of the fifth with three on and no outs. He got a Tiger to hit into a double play, then struck out the next man up to keep Brentsville off the board.

However, in the sixth, the Tigers scored again. Neufang led off with a single up the middle. He stole second and moved to third on Bryce’s hit. A fielder’s choice gave Brentsville its fifth run of the night.

Skyline scored again in the bottom of the seventh. Quentin Diggs walked, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. A fielder’s choice would score him, but it was not enough.

“As one unit we didn’t play well,” said Skyline’s Barnes. “Our starter is strong but he ran into some control troubles. Then our reliever did a good job by getting out of a jam. But sometimes we got lost in what’s going on during our at bats. We just have to put it together.