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Bridgeport beats C-K, 14-4

Little League
Jul. 16, 2011 @ 11:36 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The best thing to come from its lead-slipping, late-inning loss to its biggest rival Friday night was that Bridgeport had the opportunity to rebound in less than 24 hours on Saturday.

The worst thing to come from Ceredo-Kenova's draw in the age 9-10 Little League state baseball tournament was that its first game in pool play was against that fired-up, something-to-prove bunch.

The defending champs aren't ready to give up the crown without a fight.

Bridgeport rolled Ceredo-Kenova, 14-4, in five innings at Huntington League 3, basically securing its spot in Monday's quarterfinals.

"It was a tough loss last night," Bridgeport coach Wayne Goodwin said of Friday's 9-8 heartbreaker to Barboursville. "We thought we had Barboursville on the ropes there. They're a great team and we heard a lot about them. We have a history with them.

"But our kids were able to bounce back. We were on to them early last night and early this morning and I was very happy with how they responded today."

But, at first, it wasn't easy.

C-K, the District 1 runners-up, came out with a spark courtesy of Tanner Ferguson, a floppy-haired second baseman who sent a home run to dead center in the fourth inning to give his team a 3-2 lead.

"Of course, anytime a home run puts them ahead by a run everyone's a little shocked," Goodwin said. "But our pitcher (Vincenzo Cava) bared down and kept on going. He was in a groove all day and we couldn't ask for anything more from him."

Cava allowed only one more hit (an RBI single by Tanner Akers) after the Ferguson shot, but it was his support that became the story in the later innings.

Between the fourth and fifth frames, Bridgeport sent 21 batters to the plate, scoring a combined 12 runs on just five hits.

Actually, their bats were relatively silent. Instead of reaching for pitches out of the zone, Bridgeport was patient at the dish, drawing five walks in the clutch.

For good measure, though, Conner Robe did lace a two-run single and Brice Haines brought one in, too.

"Our guys are instructed," Goodwin said. "They're going to take until they get a strike and once they get a strike, they go from there. And they're usually able to hit the strikes.

"They get after that."

C-K, which used an offensive explosion to get by Milton 14-13 in the D-1 runner-up game two weeks ago, was held to four hits and committed four errors.

"We didn't play baseball today," said C-K coach Craig Brumfield. "We came out scared and we were nervous. The situation kind of overcame us. Our starting pitching did a great job, but we didn't even field behind him (Akers) early.

"And we didn't hit the baseball today. We didn't make them get it up. We were swinging at low pitches and early in the count. ... It just wasn't C-K baseball today."

C-K's hopes of advancing past pool play rest on its Sunday result against Barboursville. That game is set for 6 p.m.

"We're going to definitely have to hit the baseball," Brumfield said. "And we're going to have to win by six or seven runs in order to move on in this tournament. ... We'll see what happens."

Saturday's pool play also included Hurricane's 16-6, five inning rout of Elkins.

Hurricane, which takes on Charleston Central at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, got up on Elkins 12-1 in the first two innings and never looked back.

CEREDO-KENOVA 020 11 -- 4 4 4

BRIDGEPORT 200 48 -- 14 9 4

Akers, Sharp (5), Bellomy (5) and Hodge. Cava and Zummo. W -- Cava.

Hitting: (C-K) Akers 2-3, RBI; Ferguson HR, RBI. (B) Goodwin 2-3, 2 RBIs; Bowen 2B, RBI; Robe 2 RBIs; Haines RBI; Ogden RBI.

HURRICANE 571 3 -- 16 8 0

ELKINS 100 5 -- 6 7 5

W -- Adkins.

Saturday's pool play

Sophia 6, Madison 5. W -- Wilson.

Martinsburg 8, Fairmont 6. W -- Staubs. HR -- (M) Jackson.

Bi-State 12, Tygarts Valley 1. W -- Strawderman.

Beckley 6, Chapmanville 0. W -- Harvey.