Science Hill freshman Cole Torbett won the duel, needing only 81 pitches to work through six scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over Sullivan East in the Tribe Classic baseball tournament.
In the second game of the day for the Hilltoppers, Seymour rallied for three seventh-inning runs to earn a 6-5 win.
In his first varsity start, Torbett was matched against East freshman Dylan Bartley. And it was a 1-0 game heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
“We pitched it pretty well,” said Science Hill head coach Ryan Edwards. “Cole Torbett gave us a great start. And Garrett Gleason, you can’t pitch any better than that to close the door.”
Torbett (1-0) allowed just two hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Gleason earned the save by striking out the side on 12 pitches.
With his defense at his back, Torbett didn’t show signs of freshman nerves.
“I was trusting my defense,” said Torbett. “I was going out there throwing strikes and doing what I had to do to win this game. I feel like it was a good way to start off with my first start. And Gleason, he did good closing us off with three strikeouts.”
Bartley worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs with six strikeouts.
“I thought Dylan threw really well, and their pitcher threw well, too,” said Sullivan East head coach Mike Breuninger. “Dylan is a competitor. He got his taste in basketball. He knows how to compete, and he’s doing the same in baseball.”
AT THE PLATE
Science Hill couldn’t get a lot going with its bats, but Matthew Levi provided the eventual winning run with a third-inning RBI single to plate Caleb Marmo.
Landon Slemp singled in a run in the fifth inning.
Marmo and Cade McCoy each had two hits for the Hilltoppers.
“We didn’t get our timely hits going,” said Edwards. “We missed a lot of opportunities. But we’ve preached all along, if you pitch and play defense you’re going to be in every game.”
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After three straight one-out singles, back-to-back batters were hit by a pitch to tie the game. Luke Farragut followed with a sacrifice fly for the eventual game-winning run.
Cade McCoy had two hits for the Hilltoppers (10-7) as did Conner Hyatt. Ashton Motte added two RBIs.