Buchholz blanks GHS again for 5th straight win

Buchholz shut out rival Gainesville Thursday night, 5-0.

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Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:06 a.m.

It wasn't quite the football-like score of a week ago, but the result was the same.

Another Buchholz shutout over Gainesville.

Fowler Brown had a two-run single in the sixth inning, and Phoenix Sanders tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings with eight strikeouts and had a pair of hits, including a double, as the Bobcats blanked the Hurricanes again, 5-0, Thursday night.

It marked the fifth straight win for Buchholz (10-3), which seven days ago beat Gainesville 23-0 on its home field.

“We knew that was not how capable they were playing, so we knew we would see a good arm tonight and a very well-coached team and that is what we got,” said Bobcats coach Ron Brooks. “At the beginning of the season, we were a little inconsistent, not getting timely hitting. Now we are starting to come together with pitching, hitting and defense. We got some timely hits in key situations that really sprung us.”

Brooks Morgan drove in two runs without a hit for Buchholz, scoring Dakota Turner on a sacrifice fly in the first and Chris Stinson in the third on a groundout for a 2-0 Bobcat lead.

Sanders singled to open the bottom half of the third, moved to third on Washington's hit-and-run groundout, then scored on Adam Koff's opposite-field double to right-center to give Buchholz a 3-0 lead.

But the Hurricanes (4-10) showed offensive life in the fifth, getting three straight slashing singles to load the bases with no outs. But a GHS runner was thrown out at home after a passed ball got through. Sanders then struck out the next two 'Canes batters to end the threat.

“That was a big momentum boost for us,” Brooks said. “Phoenix did a good job getting out of that.”

“That was a baserunning mistake by a freshman,” GHS coach Adam Souillard said. “I have a lot of freshmen and sophomores during some jobs that usually juniors and seniors take care of. But they are learning, and I am pleased with their development.

“We wanted to play obviously much better than last time, and we executed for the most part tonight. I just wished we could have swung the bat better. But their pitcher did a great job. Phoenix is an incredible pitcher.”

Sanders doubled in the sixth and Washington was intentionally walked. Brown followed with his lone hit of the game, a two-run shot to right-center that padded the Bobcats' lead to 5-0.

Sanders (4-1) gave up just four hits, three in the fifth. GHS starter Will Whitlock took the loss, giving up eight hits.

Freshman Kyle McGriff went 2-for-3 at the plate for the 'Canes.

Buchholz will participate in next week's Central Florida Spring Break Slam, playing at Apopka on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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