Stockstill sizzles, as Siegel advances past Smyrna

Stockstill sizzles, as Siegel advances past Smyrna

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Stockstill sizzles, as Siegel advances past Smyrna

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Siegel senior Brent Stockstill is making up for lost time on the baseball field.

After missing the first two-thirds of the season while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Stockstill continued his dominance on the baseball diamond.

Stockstill threw a complete-game, two-hitter in Siegel’s 4-1 win over Smyrna on Monday at Jones Field in an elimination game of the District 7-AAA tournament.

Siegel (16-18) will play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against the lowest-seeded team with a loss in the tournament. Smyrna finished its season 8-21.

Stockstill had thrown just four innings all season prior to the start. And he tossed all seven innings despite sitting through a one-hour, 17-minute rain delay.

“That’s real impressive,” Siegel coach Craig Reavis said. “We tried to work him an inning, then three innings. We wanted to get him five innings today, but he kept his pitch-count down.

“That’s a huge lift after the way we threw it (in a 8-2 loss to Blackman). He just threw strikes, and got us off the field.”

Smyrna jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. J.D. Robertson was hit by a pitch from Stockstill and reached third on a Stockstill error when he threw it away on a pick-off move. Beau Brewer then drove in Robertson with a sacrifice fly.

But that error was one of the few mistakes for Stockstill all day.

“I made a mistake,” said Stockstill, who struck out three and walked two. “As a player and a competitor, you want to get back out there.”

But Siegel quickly secured the momentum back.

Stockstill, who hit .394 in the regular season, reached base when he was hit by Smyrna pitcher Zach Bey. Blake Benefield then smacked a Bey pitch over the left-field fence, which landed just in front of the Riverdale scoreboard.

“Stock was pitching a great game,” said Benefield, who has hit three home runs this season. “They scored that one, so we had to get the momentum back. We wanted as much of the momentum as we could keep. Brent kept the momentum pitching a great game.”

Siegel added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Carson Lester singled and was replaced by pinch runner Colton Gipson. Chase Slone then doubled in Gipson. One out later, Hayden Bartlett scored Slone on a bunt single on a 2-2 pitch up the first-base line.

“That’s what killed us,” Smyrna coach Barry Vetter said. “We missed the spot and he hit it a long ways, and scored a run there. They did a good job then of getting a bunt down with two strikes on a curve ball.”

Siegel 4, Smyrna 1

Smyrna 001 000 0 — 1 2 1

Siegel 002 002 x — 4 6 1

Bey and Noe. Stockstill and Rodgers. WP: Stockstill. LP. Bey. HR: Siegel: Benefield (3).

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