VISD TOURNAMENT: East, Bay City pitchers lead teams to wins
By BY WILL BROWN - WBROWN@VICAD.COM
March 7, 2013 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated March 6, 2013 at 9:07 p.m.
Two pitchers won two games in two drastically different fashions during Thursday's action at the VISD baseball tournament.
Bay City senior Nic Biggerstaff found out 30 minutes before his start that he would be on the mound. Victoria East junior Kyle Craft knew he was going to pitch the Titans game against Rosenberg Terry.
Both players produced results that will buoy their teams throughout the rest of the tournament.
Biggerstaff, who typically plays on the left side of the Blackcats infield, went the distance in Bay City's 4-2 win over St. Joseph. Later that afternoon, Craft struck out a career high nine hitters in the Titans 9-1 win over Terry.
Biggerstaff had a shutout until the seventh; however, two singles, an error and a sacrifice fly from Sam Poland allowed the Flyers to drive in two runs and bring the tying run to the plate.
"(I was) thinking about the shutout," said Biggerstaff, who reckoned he had not pitched a complete game since his freshman year. "My arm was kind of hurting. I just wanted to finish the game."
Once the tying run came to the plate, Biggerstaff forced a pair of popups from the Flyers to help his team improve to 7-4 on the season.
"He's not a pitcher. We have a couple kids who are hurt and a couple who are out," said Bay City baseball coach David Luster. "He hasn't pitched at all this year. He did a good job of throwing strikes and keeping us in the game."
Biggerstaff drove in the first run of the game and also scored in the third inning. Bay City scored all four runs in the third inning but were helped by three walks and two errors.
"We call him Ice Man," said Bay City head coach David Luster. "He's like the guy from 'Top Gun.' Nothing rattles him. Nothing surprises him, and nothing gets on his nerves."
St. Joseph (9-3) won eight of 10 entering the game. Flyers head coach Mike Shimek said the loss was a reminder what can happen when a team loses focus for even one inning.
"We were too generous in that one inning," Shimek said. "Outside of that, everything was great."
There was also defensive benevolence in East's victory. Terry (5-7) committed eight errors and allowed five unearned runs.
"Good teams take advantage of other team's mistakes," said Victoria East head coach Wes Kolle. "They had eight errors, but we also had nine hits."
Hunter Perkins (2 for 4) scored a pair of runs, Cole Urban (2 for 2) drove in a pair and scored an unearned run, and sophomore outfielder Cameron Williams (2 for 3) scored and drove in a run. However, the Titans (6-6-1) also had a starting pitcher who was hitting his spots.
"I just threw strikes and let my defense work," Craft said. "I am blessed to have the defense I have behind me."
Craft, who allowed three hits, said he tried to pitch to contact. That he set a career-high with nine strikeouts in six innings was a bonus, which was evident by the grin that crept across his face when asked about it.
"Everything (was working.)" Craft said. "I just put them in the strike zone and let them hit the ball."
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