BY ROBERT BESKOW
Times Sports Editor
CARMI – The CWC Bulldogs recovered from a poor opening game on Wednesday with a 11-0 win over Red Hill in their home opener at Eckerle Park on Thursday.
CWC pitcher Tyler Thompson set the tone early by striking out the side in the top of the first.
“We got over yesterday and Tommy came out and gave us exactly what we needed,” said CWC Coach Justin Simmons. “He was throwing it as fast as I have ever seen him throw.”
The Bulldogs got the scoring going in the bottom of the first when Bryce Northcott led off with a walk. He stole second and then third (part of his five steals for the game). Easton Stewart also drew a walk. Northcott was able to score on a throw to second on a steal by Stewart. Stewart later scored on a double to center field by Travis Black.
The Bulldogs added a run in the second and then broke the game open with an eight-run third inning. Black, Drew Huffer, Ethan Mahon, Thompson, Cole Blazier and Stewart all had hits in the inning.
Thompson pitched three hitless innings and was relieved by Blazier and then Huffer for pitch count reasons to finish out the 2-hit shutout.
Coach Simmons was also pleased with the more aggressive batting by the Bulldogs.
“We didn’t hit one ball on the barrel of the bat on Wednesday, but we hit the ball extremely well today.”
The Bulldogs return to action today at Benton.