On Friday May 29, Lake City visited the Dave Dunaway Legals in 11-12 year old Dixie Youth Baseball action at Asbury Park.
Legals’ Head Coach Jim Lane gave the ball to Andrew Blake Evans who, according to Lane, had been his workhorse but had yet to get a decision.
A missed third strike on the Lake City leadoff hitter and a throwing error allowed Lake City to take a one-run lead. Evans retired the next three batters. In the bottom of the first inning Ethan Jeffers and Bryson Phillips both reached on walks and, with one out, Evans delivered a 2-run double and later scored the third run of the inning on Mack Broyles’ sacrifice fly.
Evans fanned the first two Lake City hitters to start the second before walking a batter.
The runner attempted to steal second but was gunned down by Phillips, the catcher, to end the inning. In the bottom half of the second, Logan Ivey walked and then advanced around to score on stolen bases and a wild throw. Jeffers singled, Tyler Loveday walked and both scored on a double by Phillips.
Phillips, who was asked to come in and save the victory for Evans, hurled two complete innings, fanning five batters to pick up the save. In a somewhat symbolic action, after catcher Ethan Jeffers tagged out a Lake City runner trying to score for the final out, the lights blew out. The 7-1 victory was the first decision for Evans as the Legals improved their regular season record to 6-1.
Both Evans and Phillips had nearly identical lines (both 2 innings, 32 pitches, 0 hits and earned runs allowed, 1 walk).
On the year, Phillips has pitched 16.2 innings and has 37 strikeouts; Evans has pitched 12.1 innings and has 25 strikeouts.
Opposing batters are hitting .137 vs. Phillips; .174 vs. Evans.
On the offensive front Phillips continues a torrid pace with an .833 avg. and 9 RBI; Evans and Jeffers both have 6 RBI.