After the emotional high of a late-inning victory last week, the Beaver Beavers certainly didn’t mind dealing with a weather delay of nearly six hours Friday.
With Tilston Bradshaw throwing strikes and his defense delivering when it mattered behind him, the end result was worth the wait.
Bradshaw fired a two-hit shutout and Jesse McMullin drove in four runs as Beaver blanked North Sevier, 7-0, in the 2A championship bracket Friday at Gates Field. The Beavers scored three runs in each of the first two innings and allowed only one runner past first base.
“It’s the same thing he’s done the last two years,” Beaver head coach Curt Heslington said of the senior’s mound effort. “He just throws strikes. When the game gets tough, he gets tougher. He makes the other team swing the bat.”
As he did in Saturday’s second-round win over Emery, McMullin ignited the offense in a three-run first inning to lift the Beavers to a 3-0 lead. The senior drove in two with a triple to the fence in left-center, then hustled home to beat the throw on a slow roller off the bat of Michael Roberts that rolled halfway between the mound and home plate.
McMullin repeated his production an inning later with a two-run single that stretched the lead to 6-0 after two, and Bradshaw did the rest. He struck out four, walked two, and picked one runner off first base.
“I just got up there and told myself to throw strikes,” Bradshaw said. “I got in a zone and my defense was awesome. I knew if I threw strikes and they put the ball in play, they’d get the outs.”
North Sevier’s Trevor Okerlund drew a one-out walk off Bradshaw in the top of the first and was able to get to third after Kyler Bosshardt grounded out. The Beavers got out of the threat as Tyrell Williams flied to center.
Bosshardt singled for the Wolves’ first hit with one out in the fourth, but he was thrown out trying to steal second. Williams had the only other hit for North Sevier off Bradshaw when he singled with two out in the seventh.
The Beavers play Grand in Friday’s semifinal at 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. The Red Devils got the last word in a back-and-forth battle with Manti, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come away with a 7-6 victory. With two Templar runners on base in the seventh, the game ended on a line drive to shortstop that turned into a double play.
RABBITS 12, RAMS 5: A five-run second inning was the spark that helped Delta eliminate Parowan from the 2A playoffs. The Rabbits built a 10-1 lead after five innings before cruising to the win.