Warrior mistakes help Bears reach CVAC final
West Caldwell committed seven errors in Friday's CVAC tournament game. Bunker Hill capitalized.
The Bears scored four runs of those errors and 10 total runs on their way a victory. Pitcher Jacob Shepherd and catcher Tyler Shook had two RBIs each in the win.
Three runs scored for the Bears in the first inning. Cole McGraw walked, Cody Ervin and Jeremy Null reached on errors. All scored later in the inning to make it 3-0.
The Warriors got on the board in the top of the third inning behind an RBI single from catcher Matt Wedding. He plated shortstop Josh Deboard, who reached base on an error and stole second.
"I thought it was an ugly game early by both teams," said Bears coach Marty Curtis. "There were some bad plays on both sides."
The first earned runs of the game came in the bottom of the third off the bat of Shepherd.
He drilled a ball down the left field corner for a two-run homer.
"We came out here and played hard," Shepherd said. "We struggled against Bandys last week and didn't play very well. We came out and played as hard as we could."
After two more Bear runs crossed the plate on errors, catcher Tyler Shook added the final run of the inning on an RBI double that scored second basemen Kyle Davis.
Null, who had two RBI in Thursday's win over Newton-Conover, got his first RBI of Friday's game with a single in the bottom of the fifth. He plated McGraw, who had reached on a one-out single.
With two runners on in the bottom of the sixth inning, Shook added his second RBI and the final Bears' run of the game.
Shepherd pitched six strong innings, allowing four hits, struck out seven and walked two.
Cole McGraw finished out the game from the mound in the seventh inning, striking out two of the final four batters he faced to close out the Bears' victory.
Facing Bunker Hill in Monday's CVAC tournament final will be Bandys, a team that gave Bunker Hill their only loss in the regular season finale.
Coach Curtis said the thought of payback is out of the question.
"There is no such thing as revenge in baseball," Curtis said. "You just go out there and play. We will practice and try to prepare. When you are playing for a championship, it doesn't really matter who you are playing. Your kids need to play hard. Bandys is a very good baseball team and we will have to play extremely well to beat them."