CLYDE – In a game that was originally scheduled to be played in Bellevue, it was Redmen starter Seth Halladay made himself at home Wednesday in Clyde.
Halladay allowed just two runs over six plus innings and Shane Miller laced three singles to lead Bellevue to a 5-3 non-league win over the Fliers on Wednesday.
“I was feeling pretty good and was hitting my spots pretty well,” Halladay said. “The defense was really solid behind me.”
The game was moved from Bellevue to Clyde because of unplayable conditions in Bellevue.
“Seth did a great good and threw extremely well,” Bellevue coach Andy Dennings said. “We had a tough jam there in the middle of the game. But I think Seth was competing the whole day.”
Miller laced his final single to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning to score Grant Vickery for the Redmen (4-1) off of reliever Bailey Colson. Clay Fries dropped down a bunt after Miller’s single to score pinch runner Luke Roth and Bryce Ray singled in Miller for a 5-2 lead.
The Fliers (4-2) threatened in their final at-bat. After Halladay got the first out of the inning, Triston Snezek came on in relief and a Drake Camarata single and walks to John Jackson and Jacob Robinett loaded the bases. With the winning run at the plate, Ryan Kelly could only muster a groundout to second base to score a run before Devin Mowry struck out looking to end the threat, and the game.
“We had a couple opportunities to get a big hit,” said Clyde coach George Parks. “We started six sophomores and they grew up.”
Jake Strayer hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning and Snezek singled in Fries in the fourth inning for a 2-0 lead for the Redmen. Clyde responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. After loading the bases, Frank Sewell hit a sacrifice fly and Nate Gittinger singled in Kelly to tie the game.
Kelly started for the Fliers, allowing eight hits over six innings before giving way to Colson.
“We didn’t know what to expect out of (Kelly),” Parks said. “He came out and battled. He gave us everything he had and then some. For him to come out and compete against a senior-laden team, I’m real happy.”
Denning said the game could have been more comfortable.
“I think we missed some opportunities,” he said. “We had some chances with guys in scoring position and less than two outs and we couldn’t do what we needed to do. That’s something we’ve been working on and it’s been an issue for us.”