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  • Phillips, Hi Boy end pool play on high note

  • Armed with a different pitch, Garrett Phillips did his part to make sure Hi Boy Drive In/Post 340 didn’t go winless in Pool B play at the 25th Annual American Legion Wood Bat Invitational.

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  • Armed with a different pitch, Garrett Phillips did his part to make sure Hi Boy Drive In/Post 340 didn’t go winless in Pool B play at the 25th Annual American Legion Wood Bat Invitational.
    After working on a cut fastball during a throwing session earlier Friday, the southpaw hurled a three-hit shutout as Hi Boy downed the Independence VFW Post 1000 Bears 2-0 at Hidden Valley Park’s Jim Moran Field.
    Hi Boy (11-24), who lost 5-4 to Bellevue (Neb.) Post 339 West earlier Friday, finished pool play at 1-3, while the Bears (1-31) went 0-4. Both teams will play a pool crossover consolation game today at Hidden Valley Park.
    “That’s probably the best I’ve felt,” said Phillips, who walked five batters but struck out six and three times stranded a pair of runners. “The cutter was on, and my changeup was spotting. I struck out three or four with (the cutter).”
    Phillips walked two of his first three batters but got two ground balls to escape. The Bears’ Andrew Wayman reached on a bunt single and Cody Jackson walked to start the third, but Phillips got a fly ball, strikeout and fielded a chopper to quell the threat.
    “He struggled so much early finding the plate, but once he settled down, he was dominant,” Post 340 manager Byron White said of Phillips. “Normally he throws four or five innings and he’s done, he’s tired. But today he was dominate.”
    Post 340 didn’t muster much run support against Bears starter Eli Henderson. All the offense Hi Boy needed came in the second, when a pair of singles coupled with sacrifice bunt and an error put two in scoring position. Aaron Schuster then roped a single to left to plate Nico Pike and Trevor Jeffries.
    “That’s been our problem – timely hitting,” White said. “We just haven’t bunched them up.”
    Henderson also walked a batter but escaped further damage in that inning, and he did his best to keep the Bears in it, stranding a pair of runners in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Henderson finished with three strikeouts against five hits, four walks and a hit batter.
    “It was a very good ballgame,” White said. “An enjoyable game to watch, and an enjoyable game to coach.”
    The Bears’ last threat came in the fifth inning. Wayman and Jackson started with singles, but in between Wayman was caught stealing second. After Gannon Ogle drew a two-out walk, Phillips induced a first-pitch pop up from Jake Ferrell. That was the first of seven straight retired to finish the game.
    “Knowing that coming in we needed to win to not play for last place,” Phillips said, “it pumped me up and made me more focused.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In the loss to Bellevue Post 339 West, Hi Boy took a 3-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first and another in the second before Post 339 plated four in the bottom of the fourth. Skyler Schwab registered a pair of singles and an RBI for Hi Boy while David Jean took the loss on the mound.
     
     
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