PG pitchers mix for Four-Zero shutout of Pittsburg – Texarkana Gazette


TEXARKANA, Texas — Pleasant Grove pitchers Alex Galvan and Carson Rhodes combined for a 3-hit, shutout win over District 15-4A foe Pittsburg in a baseball game at Hawk Field on Saturday.

“I thought we got a really good performance from Alex and Carson,” Pleasant Grove (20-5, 9-2) head coach Riley Fincher said. “Alex did a good job of keeping them off their stride and filling up the zone. Carson came out of the pen and dominated with his fastball; that was good to see.

“Their pitcher did a very good job of locating his off-speed pitches. Offensively, we would have liked to have had more hits, but we’ll take a win in district. The guys handled this week of spring break extremely well. I am proud of our guys, I love the way they play the game, I love the way they approach the game and it’s fun being around them.”

Hawk starter Galvan threw 3 2/3 innings, earned the win, gave up no runs on a pair of hits, hit a batter, struck out two and walked two. Rhodes tossed 3 1/3 innings, gave up no runs on a hit, struck out four and did not issue a walk.

Pirate (8-14, 2-9) starter John Cummings went the distance, took the loss, threw six frames, allowed four runs on six hits, struck out seven and walked three.

Pleasant Grove right fielder Traveler Couch made a spectacular diving catch for the third out in Pittsburg’s fourth inning on Landon Huggins’ short punch to right center.

Couch hit a hot roller to right center with a runner on in the fourth. Tucker Anderson, who had walked, scored on an error and Couch scored on a second error as the Hawks padded their lead, 3-0. `

Brenton Clark hit a single up the middle and advanced to second on Long’s single to left field. The next batter, Murphy, was safe at first on a Pittsburg fielding error. Clark scored on a wild pitch to give Pleasant Grove an early 1-0 lead after the first frame.

The Pirates threatened to score in the third when Brayden Bolten singled with an out and stole second with two outs. Galvan got out of the semi-jam by induced a popout caught by first baseman Tucker Anderson.

Pleasant Grove was flawless in the field with no errors, while Pittsburg had five.

The Hawks host Paris in a District 15-4A game on Tuesday at 6 p.m.



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