Harvey, Trojans end Bears’ perfect season

The Hunter found his prey on Monday.

The Bandys baseball team, led by pitcher Hunter Harvey, denied Bunker Hill a second consecutive undefeated regular season.

Harvey pitched a complete seven innings, striking out 10 batters, allowing five hits and two walks in the victory.

“Hunter threw great tonight,” said Bandys coach Frank Porter. “He is a young kid, only a sophomore. He was the difference.”

Bears coach Marty Curtis gave credit to Harvey after the game was over.

“The kid pitched a great baseball game,” Curtis said. “I think he controlled the game from start to finish. The credit tonight has to go to Harvey. He pitched an outstanding baseball game. That happens. You go against a good pitcher, he usually will shut down your bats and he did that to us tonight.”

An RBI-double by Cody Ervin in the top of the third scored the first run of the game. That hit gave Bunker Hill a 1-0 lead.

The Trojans (11-8, 8-6) returned the favor in the bottom of the third. Daniel Melton single, which scored Landon Jones, a courtesy runner for Harvey.

Harvey had reached base earlier in the inning on a double.

One batter later, an error by Bunker Hill allowed Kenny Hodge to reach base and score Jackson Gilliam from third base.

“We got a couple of breaks and hits here and there,” Porter said. “We took advantage of it and got the big hits. We made things happen.”

Bandys’ Ryan Ripper, who grounded out with the bases loaded earlier in the game, made up for his mistake.

The junior singled to score runners on second and third in the bottom of the fifth inning.

He advanced to second base on a throw home and eventually rounded the bases after two errors. That scored the fifth Trojan run and made it a 5-1 lead for Bandys.

“With runners on second and third, I was just looking to score those two,” Ripper said. “They made those errors and helped me out.”

Bunker Hill tried to make a comeback, but Harvey closed the door. He struck out four of the final six batters in the game.

“I just had complete command of my fastball,” Harvey said. “I got what I needed out of it. This win feels really good.”

After suffering their first loss, Bunker Hill looks to Thursday’s opening round of the CVAC tournament.

Curtis said his team will work on their mistakes and try to bounce back.
“We just have to practice hard,” Curtis said. “That’s all we can do. We need to get ready for Thursday. I don’t know any other way to do it.”

Ripper said he and his teammates need to stay focused despite the incredible win.

“This win feels fantastic, but we are going into the postseason now,” Ripper said. “We need to keep playing at this level.”