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Holly Springs’ Jake Isbell pitches 1-hitter, leads shutout of Middle Creek baseball

Holly Springs' Jake Isbell pitches to Middle Creek's John D'ercole (26) during Middle Creek's baseball game at Holly Springs on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Holly Springs won the game 7-0 on the strength of Isbell's one-hit performance.
Holly Springs' Jake Isbell pitches to Middle Creek's John D'ercole (26) during Middle Creek's baseball game at Holly Springs on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Holly Springs won the game 7-0 on the strength of Isbell's one-hit performance. newsobserver.com

Jake Isbell needed just 57 pitches to defeat Middle Creek in a Southwest Wake Athletic Conference baseball showdown Tuesday.

Isbell’s one-hitter propelled Holly Springs to a 7-0 triumph. He faced just one batter more than the minimum due to a single surrendered by John D’ercole in the first inning.

“He pitched excellent, he attacked the zone,” Holly Springs coach Rod Whitesell said. “The biggest thing is he got all his pitches over – his fastball, change and curveball – for strikes.”

Isbell struck out three, got nine flyouts and eight groundouts and the game was done in 91 minutes. His team turned a 4-6-3 double play after he hit Trevor Heasley to lead off the fifth inning.

“They kept swinging the bats and giving me groundouts,” Isbell said. “(The defense) was great. They didn’t make any errors.”

They said it

“We’re making it difficult on ourselves,” Middle Creek coach Wesley King said. “We’re pressing. We’re trying to hit the grand slam with nobody on base. We’ve got the chance to be real good but right now we’re not real good.”

Three to know

Jake Isbell, Holly Springs: Also went 2-for-2 at the plate and reached base all three times. Had a RBI single in the first inning.

Ethan Miles, Holly Springs: Doubled in pinch runner Matt Lusuriello, who was running for catcher Alex Simpson, in the first.

Brandon George, Holly Springs: With first base open and one out, Middle Creek walked Cole Hoops to load the bases in the bottom of the sixth for George. George singled in two runners.

Out of bounds

Holly Springs’ second inning came to a close when a hit by Matt Willadsen struck a teammate who was running to second. By rule, Willadsen still gets a hit on the play and it’s also a putout by Middle Creek second baseman Robbie Frongello.

By the numbers

2.6: Average number of pitches seen by Middle Creek (4-2, 3-1) batters.

5: Runs in the top of the seventh by Holly Springs (5-2, 2-2) which included an RBI single by Cameron Ellington, an RBI sac fly by Patrick Wheeler, a passed ball and George’s two-run single.

4: Middle Creek pitchers used on the night. Reliever Will Patterson fared the best, striking out five in 2 1/3 innings. He was charged with two earned runs.

J. Mike Blake: 919-460-2606, @JMBpreps

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