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BOILING SPRINGS — Perhaps it was the wind, perhaps it was just a collective off day.

Whatever it was, pitchers did not fare well on either side of Big Spring’s 11-6 win over Boiling Springs on Wednesday evening.

The two Mid-Penn Colonial rivals trotted out six combined pitchers on a windy but clear day at Boiling Springs High School. When the nearly three-hour-long game was over, the group combined for 16 walks while the defenses behind them recorded six errors. There were 17 strikeouts, but it was a game predicated on capitalizing on miscues and opportunities with runners on base.

The Bulldogs (2-2, 2-1) did a better job in the first of two meetings between the schools, swatting 13 hits (six for extra bases).

Senior right-fielder Braden Petty had his best game of the young season, popping a pair of doubles on a 3-for-5 day, scoring twice and driving in four runs.

“I’m proud of him,” said Big Spring head coach and Petty’s father, Josh Petty. “He’s worked really hard in the offseason to cut down on the strikeouts, and be more of a contact hitter, and just have an aggressive approach at the plate.”

The skipper said Braden Petty, who bumped his line to .400, eight RBIs and four runs, is playing with renewed confidence with his college pick (Shippensburg University) behind him.

The veteran anchored a middle of the order that produced, even despite Brock Piper exiting early with a twisted ankle after a fluke stumble running out to the field between innings. His replacement, Matthew Eaton, didn’t miss a beat, going 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and run scored.

And first baseman Jarrett Goodyear (2-for-3) also doubled and scored three times.

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“This team can hit, we can definitely hit the baseball,” Josh Petty said. “Got a lot of big guys with some pop. I don’t think consistently all year — I’m still trying to figure out the batting order as far as where to put guys. But it really hasn’t mattered where we put ‘em, the guys seem to be producing.”

Zach Garlin got his first win of the season in his second start despite command issues, fighting through four innings. He allowed four runs (two earned) with five walks and seven strikeouts.

“I just told Zach, he’s a lot better than that,” Petty said. “But he was a dog.”

His counterpart, Zack VonStein, got his first start of the season and struggled just a bit more. The Bubblers (1-2, 1-2) usual starting catcher allowed seven runs (five earned) with five walks and seven strikeouts in three innings.

He did make up for it a bit at the plate, scoring a run and walking in another. Charlie White went 1-for-3 with two runs out of the leadoff spot for Boiling Springs.

Rece Keller, RBI single to left. Puts @GoBubblers back up 2-1 B2. pic.twitter.com/P1BZs1j4gv

— Jake Adams (@jakeadams520) April 3, 2019

Strike ‘em out, score a run?@bigspringbsball up 4-3 now after one of the rarer moments in baseball. pic.twitter.com/urAA5NDAdc

— Jake Adams (@jakeadams520) April 3, 2019

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