Bishop England used small ball to gain a 4-1 victory over Silver Bluff tonight at Father Kelly Field.
The Bishops won the District 5 championship with their 19th victory in 23 games and will host the District 6 champion on Saturday. The Bishops have won state championships in the odd calendars years since 2003, and took a big step toward their sixth state title since in the last 11 years.
The game was a rematch of Saturday’s second-round game when the Bishops posted a 4-0 victory over Washington & Co. Patrick Clarey followed up a five-hitter with a six-hitter. The Bulldogs scored an unearned run in the first inning, the only run Bishop hurlers have surrendered in three playoff games.
Washington, a hard throwing right-hander, gave up nine hits and was the victim of three errors. He’s one of the top junior pitchers in the state and his fastball was topping out in the upper 80s. But the Bishops used small ball and some timely hitting to win.
The Bishops pushed the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the third when Cameron Garrett singled and eventually scored on Tradd Lowman’s sacrifice fly.
Browning and Harrison Boals added RBI singles in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead to 4-1 and that was more than enough for the righty Clarey.
Silver Bluff threatened in the top of the sixth with runners on second and third and one out, but Clarey struck out shortstop Nick Champy and induced Jalen Jackson to fly to right to get out of the jam.
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