Dimond, West prevail on Day 1 of BP Invitational

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 27, 2019

BP Invitational

Game 2: Dimond 6, South 4

Parker Coplin had three hits, two RBIs and picked up a one-out save in relief of starter Luke Smith, who bounced back after a slow start, as the Post 21 Lynx prevailed on the first day of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Smith pitched 6.2 innings and tossed scoreless frames in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to rebound after giving up three runs in the first two innings.

 

Smith scattered seven hits and four walks to go with seven strikeouts.

 

Jeremiah Eneix and Alex Bruce added RBIs and Matt Thompson scored twice. Connor Cunningham and Alex Bruce each walked three times.

 

After falling behind 3-0 early, Dimond took the lead for good with a four-run third inning.

 

Dimond put pressure all night on South Post 4 pitchers, who loaded the bases in four straight innings. Credit South reliever Gunnar Nix for twice getting out of those jams unscathed.

 

South’s Gage Webster went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and Dylan Maltby drove in the game’s first run in the first inning. Nix came out of the bullpen to strike out three batters and yield no runs in 3.1 innings of work.

 

Game 1: West 5, Service 0

Juan Benitez threw five shutout innings and the Post 1 Eagles scored four times in the second inning to pave the way to a first-day win in the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Benitez allowed only three hits and needed only 57 pitches. He walked none and struck out a pair.

 

Max Fink and Jack Opinsky each drove in two runs as West scored five runs on just four hits. Quinn Bates-Janigo also drove in a run.

 

West stole six bases, including two by Carter Stolp. Luke Langnes singled, stole a base and scored a run.

 

Nicko Opinsky closed it out with two hitless innings.

 

The Post 28 Cougars got base knocks from Sean Giffen, Josh Smith and Andrew Jaidinger. Kyle Andrew pitched well in relief, allowing just one run in three innings.