Thursday, September 2, 2010

Outlaws defeat Dundas as Pugliese’s post-season dominance continues

Travis Pugliese pitched his second consecutive complete game as the Outlaws eked out a one-run win over Dundas to improve to 3-0 in the tournament.

“He’s pitched phenomenally,” said Savage skipper Travis Peterson his ace pitcher, “we’re coming to expect it, not that it’s something you want to take for granted.”

After leading the Outaws to its State Tournament opener win over Hutchinson on August 22, Pugliese tossed another gem. The Savage hurler allowed one unearned run through his nine innings against the Dukes on Sunday.

The game began with a rocky start as Savage’s usually sure-handed shortstop, Tyler Peterson, committed two first-inning errors that allowed Dundas to draw first blood with a 1-0 lead.

Offensively, it was a challenge for both teams. Pugliese retired 13 straight Dukes batters at one point while Dundas pitcher Chris Olean - a draftee from the Miesville Mudhens - allowed just two runs on six hits through seven innings of work.

Savage scored its runs in the third and fourth innings.

In the third, a pair of singles and a hit batsman led to a sacrifice fly by Savage catcher Ben Braaten to tie the score.

For the go-ahead run in the fourth inning, a missed signal fortuitously paid off for the Outlaws.

John Means led off the Savage fourth by blistering a double down the left field line. Two batters later, with Means now at third base, Outlaws second baseman Evan Walker attempted to push a bunt up the first-base line.

The bunt went foul, but Walker was able to connect on the next Olean offering, sending it in to left field for a single to score Means.

“He actually missed the sign, it was supposed to be a fake bunt,” said manager Peterson of Walker’s at-bat, “luckily, he fouled it off, had another chance and was able to do some damage with it.”

Walker’s RBI hit held up as Pugliese continued to cruise on the mound, finishing the game allowing five hits, no walks and no earned runs.

Notable individual efforts:
Savage Outlaws
Travis Pugliese: CG, 9 IP, 1 R (0 ERs), 5 Hs, 3 Ks, 0 BBs
Evan Walker: 2-for-3, RBI

Dundas Dukes
Chris Olean: 7 IP, 2 Rs (1 ER), 6 Hs, 4 Ks, 1 BB
Brandon Rolloff: 2-for-4, 2B, R

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