Nolan Haire pitched a complete game shutout and he and Myles Edwards each drove in a pair of runs to lead Munroe past Cedar Creek Christian in Region 1-2A baseball play Tuesday night.
Haire kept the visitors off balance with his pitching all night to the delight of the Bradford May Field home crowd.
The junior right-hander allowed only two hits in the 5-0 win and struck out five.
Twelve of the twenty-one Cedar Creek outs were groundouts with first baseball Stephen Miller collecting 13 of the game’s outs in all.
Haire also singled in two runs in a Munroe three-run second inning and Edwards supplied power hitting with a run-scoring double and a long home run.
“Nolan’s been struggling a little bit lately,” said Bobcats head coach Jayme Williams after the game. “We felt he would be ready tonight though, and he was. We also swung the bat well and really backed Nolan with our fielding.”
Munroe scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the initial inning when Miller, who had singled, came around to score on a fielder’s choice grounder by Bradley Klees.
The three-run second was started by a Johnny Walkup double and an infield single by Cole Skipper. After Skipper stole second, Haire’s single scored both Walkup and Skipper. Edwards then shot a double to left to score Haire. Edwards later smacked a fifth-inning home run to round out the scoring and put Munroe in a region semi-final game Tuesday against Aucilla.
The 21-5 Bobcats have defeated the Warriors three times this year. “It’s always a tough game when we play Aucilla,” Williams said.
“But I feel we’ll be prepared and hope we’ll move on.”