North Marion baseball tops Suwannee

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:50 p.m.

Garrison Vandeventer homered and went the distance for North Marion in a 9-4 victory over Suwannee in a game played at Buchholz High School.

In seven innings of work, the freshman hurler struck out eight and walked only three.

Vandeventer (4-3) also provided a second-inning leadoff blast over the high fence in center field, helping his club go up early.

“He is the type of guy that wants to be in there in tough situations,” North Marion coach Dale Hall said. “He has a lot of poise and is a battler.”

Vandeventer ran into a bit of a struggle in the top of the second. Following a Ryan Dasilva single, Suwannee’s Jackson Brown reached on a fielder’s choice. After walking Andrew Schroeder

and Trevor Lister, Vandeventer was able to get the ground ball he was looking for. Unfortunately, shortstop Shawn Sanders overran a routine shot off the bat of Matthew Pennington, scoring Brown and Schroeder. After issuing another free-pass to Suwannee catcher Clay Tomlinson, Vandeventer was able to rebound and strike out Justin Hicks to retire the side.

Offensively, the Colts (11-6) did not pose any issues in getting to Bulldog starter Greg Bowers (5-2). Brandon Phillips doubled and scored on a fielder’s choice by Connor Crile in the first inning to put North Marion up 1-0. The Colts then tacked on four more in the second inning, led by Vandeventer’s solo homer and a two-run single by Ryan Crile. Brandon Phillips added a sacrifice fly to give the Colts a 5-2 lead.

Two-run singles by Justin Gaskins and Will McKenzie chased Bowers in the fourth inning. Jason Bullock would then come on to throw three scoreless relief innings for Suwannee.

Suwannee tried to amass a rally in the top of the fifth inning. Greg Swinson, who had struck out two previous times, knocked a 1-2 pitch off of the yellow line on top of the left-center field fence. The ball was knocked back into play but was ruled a home run. Bowers followed with a single and scored on a single to right field by Dasilva. Vandeventer

retired the Bulldogs (11-6) in order in both the sixth and seventh innings to end the game.

“We came down here and played a tough team tonight,” Suwannee coach Shannon Jernigan said. “(Vandeventer) kept battling us and shutting us down when we tried to get something going.”

“Jason (Bullock) was a positive for us tonight though, he shut them down in the end,” Jernigan added. “Unfortunately we couldn’t give him anything.”

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