Special to The Sun
Edmond Memorial's Garett Hill scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning and also came away with the pitching victory in relief to propel the Bulldogs to a 4-2 home triumph over Heritage Hall Monday on the first day of the Edmond Festival spring break tournament. The win moves the 'Dogs to 4-3 on the season.
Hill, along with the left-handed starter Parker Rigler, thwarted the Charger bats, forcing Heritage Hall into a meager 2-for-24 showing at the plate (.080). Rigler surrendered just a single hit over five innings with 10 strikeouts but was not the pitcher of record due to the Chargers' two runs coming in the top of the fifth with four errors in the inning. Rigler kept Heritage Hall in check, as the Chargers hit just 1-for-17 (.060) off the southpaw and 1-for-7 (.140) with three strikeouts off of the right-hander Hill in the final two frames. Hill struck out the side in the seventh to move to 2-0 in his senior campaign. His first victory was over Lawton on March 12.
Tied at 2-apiece, Hill led off the last of the sixth with a base on balls and was bunted to second by Cole Caldwell. But Hill didn't stop at second and kept trucking to third, thus forcing the Heritage Hall first baseman into an errant throw, making it easy to cross the plate for a 3-2 edge.
Edmond Memorial right fielder Steven Jones led the Bulldogs by driving in a pair of runs and finishing 2-for-2. Hill and second baseman Matt Bruner each chipped in 1-for-2 performances.
Speaking of Bruner, the speedy middle infielder made a great play in the fourth. The Memorial first baseman missed the grounder to his right. But Bruner, hustling for backup on the play, covered a ton of ground, dove to stab the ball near the grass, and popped up to hit Rigler in stride covering first for the out.
In center field, Bulldog Hunter Shellhardt caught a ball moving to the right-center gap. The Charger runner confidently tagged to go to third, but Shelldardt used a strong throw to third baseman Caldwell, who put the tag on the baserunner for the 8-5 double play.
The Edmond Festival continues through Saturday on the following schedule:
10:00 Putnam City North vs Mustang
12:30 Heritage Hall vs Choctaw
3:00 Enid vs Midwest City
5:30 Olathe, KS vs Jenks
8:00 Lawrence, KS vs Edmond Memorial
10:00 Olathe, KS vs Mustang
12:30 Lawrence, KS vs Choctaw
3:00 Putnam City North vs Enid
5:30 Edmond Memorial vs Choctaw