Big inning sparks Indians by Colts

PHILIPPI – Bridgeport turned the momentum of escaping a first-inning jam into an offensive explosion in defeating Philip Barbour 11-0 Tuesday in a Class AA, Region II semifinal contest.

The Colts were in position to take an early lead in the bottom of the first off of Indian starter Anthony Bonamico when Chance Price drew a walk and advanced to third on a single by Doug Smith.

But Bonamico kept Philip Barbour scoreless as a runner was thrown out at second and the right-hander came back to end the threat with a strikeout.

It was all Bridgeport from that juncture as Tyler Anderson led off the second with a solo homer to center, and the Indians erupted for 10 runs an inning later to send the large crowd assembled home after the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

The Indians used eight hits and two costly Colt errors to build their comfortable 11-0 lead.

Logan Zirkle’s RBI single started the uprising, while two runs crossed on an error to make it 4-0.

Anderson then knocked in his second and third runs on the night with a double to right, and Brett Hathaway followed with a run-producing single to stretch the lead to 7-0.

Bonamico, who led off the frame with a double, then crossed a run with a single, Hunter Mann stroked a two-run double and Greg Smith capped the outburst with an RBI single.

Bonamico went all five innings to earn the win. He allowed five hits, struck out three and walked two.

Price took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits in two-plus innings. Only three were earned. Zach Howdershelt gave up four runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning of relief, while Saige Cline went the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing no runs, fanning two and walking one.

Bridgeport (29-6) will travel to Frankfort (17-14) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the regional finals. The Falcons advanced with a 4-2 win over Petersburg in the other semifinal.

The Colts, who started the season 3-12, finished with a 14-16 mark.