Waitsburg-Prescott splits hardball pair with Burbank

W-P picks up the first game but drops the second — both by scores of 6-3.

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PRESCOTT - Waitsburg-Prescott split a pair of baseball games with Burbank Saturday afternoon.

W-P's Zach Bartlow pitched the complete first game, which W-P won 6-3.

Burbank answered with its own 6-3 victory in the nightcap, scoring runs in five of the seven innings.

W-P had its six runs on five hits, with three walks and two Coyote errors. Bartlow struck out seven and gave up two hits, three runs - two earned - and allowed two walks.

"Zach threw real well," W-P coach Dustin Snedigar said. "He threw a lot of pitches in inning one and then settled down, keeping the ball down in the zone. He threw a lot of first-pitch strikes, which is always positive."

The Coyotes jumped on Bartlow in the first inning for two runs. Leadoff hitter Daniel Percifield walked and Garret Long singled to left field. Dylan Smith doubled both runners home.

W-P answered with a single run in the bottom of the first. T.J. Hofer reached first on a curve that hit the dirt for a passed ball.

After strike three, Hofer beat the throw to first, as Coyote catcher Kevin Ireland scrambled for the ball behind home plate.

Hofer stole second before Dalton Estes hit an infield single to shortstop, deep in the hole. The single set up a first-and-third situation for W-P.

Tre Brannock followed with an RBI ground out before the rally was squelched, with the third strikeout of the inning by Tim Ellis.

Burbank built a 3-1 lead in the second inning with another run.

Ireland reached on a dropped strike three and failed put-out at first.

A dropped pick-off attempt to first base allowed Ireland to scamper to second base.

A ground out by Jordan Shuttlesworth advanced Ireland to third, and a Jose Barajas ground out brought him home.

W-P exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-3 lead. Matt Hamilton hit a two-run single and Estes had an RBI single to push W-P ahead. The other two hits in the inning came off the bat of Joe Purdin and Hofer.

Snedigar was pleased with the comeback.

"It is the kind of group we have," he said. "We don't get down, we let the game evolve. We have come back in a lot of games. We battle back and don't panic."

W-P also made some solid defensive double plays to keep Burbank scoreless.

W-P erased a Burbank walk with a 6-4-3 double play in the fifth. A hard grounder to second baseman, Purdin, was back handed and tossed to second. It was relayed quickly to first to get the second out of the play.

After a Coyote single in the top of the sixth, an Ellis single was erased by a deep flyout to left field and an outfield assist by David Brock. Brock caught the line drive and rifled the ball into first base to get the straying runner.

"Those (double plays) were inning killers," Snedigar said. "It is what baseball is all about. It is action and increases momentum."

But the W-P defense and offense wasn't able to hold the Coyotes in game two.

The Coyotes' Dylan Smith had 14 strikeouts in a complete game win.

"About eight of those strikeouts of Smith were looking," Snedigar said. "We had a lack of fire that second game and it showed. We pitched well enough but we didn't play defense or get the hitting we needed."

W-P had eight errors in game two and just six hits.

Snedigar gave credit to Burbank.

"They (Burbank) are a bigger school," he said. "They are a quality, well-coached team with a summer program."

Snedigar also noted that the Coyotes ran wild on the bases paths and that W-P's eight errors were costly.

"Burbank put pressure on us on the base paths. A lot of errors, most of them contributing to each run. We'll have to get back to work in practice," he said.

Brannock led W-P's effort with two singles in the game.

Burbank's Andrew Wattenberger had two hits, two stolen bases, a walk and an RBI.

W-P is now 5-3 overall and 0-2 in league. They host Tekpoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Game One

Burbank 210 000 0 - 3 4 5

Waitsburg-Prescott 100 500 x - 6 5 2

Ellis and Ireland. Bartlow and Brannock.

HR - none.

Hits - Burbank: Long, Smith, Ellis 2; W-P: Estes 2, Purdin, Hamilton 2.

Game Two

Burbank 101 201 1 - 6 5 1

Waitsburg-Prescott 000 003 0 - 3 6 8

Smith and Ireland. Purdin, Dozier (5) and Brannock.

HR - none.

Hits - Burbank: Long, Wattenberger 2, Ireland, D. Bertsch; W-P: Estes, Brannock 2, Hernandez 2, Purdin.

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