Chargers coach Jeff Bowles had about six pitchers ready to throw Wednesday night, but he only needed one.
Troy O’Brien went the distance against the North Bullitt Eagles (30-7-1), the No. 11 team in the state, 6-1. While he was a little wild early – he hit two batters in the second, walked another and threw a wild pitch than enabled the Eagles’ only run to score – he settled down in the later innings. He retired 11 batters in a row before giving up a double to Logan Wyatt, North’s first hit of the game, to lead off the sixth.
“We had a plan tonight with as many as six guys to throw, just depends on what the scenario was or the situation,” Bowles said. “Troy made the decision making pretty easy. There were several times tonight he was at his batter (and) if he doesn’t get him, we’re going to get him… Every time he did it. He kept the ball. He wouldn’t let us take him out.”
The Eagles, the two-time defending regional champs, committed five errors and several passed balls and wild pitches that allowed Bullitt East to roam on the basepaths. The Chargers scored twice in the first inning thanks to a couple of errors and didn’t get their first hit until the fourth inning.
Bullitt East (25-10) put the game away in the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Chargers sent eight batters to the plate, scoring four times thanks to three walks a couple wild pitches and an error on a fly ball.
“It’s extremely disappointing to have played poorly defensively tonight and giving ourselves a chance,” North Bullitt coach Brian Wise said. “But I great group of guys who I would go to battle with any time, any day. Unfortunately, that’s baseball sometimes.”
DeSales and Bullitt East will be a rematch of a Louisville Invitational Tournament game. The Colts beat the host Chargers 11-9 on April 28.