Carroll masters Woodgrove High with eight strikeouts
Dylan Carroll wasn’t in much trouble against Woodgrove High from Loudoun County.
In his usual strike-throwing mode from the outset of Monday’s game, he limited the Wolverines to three singles while fanning eight, including the side in both the second and seventh innings.
And when Woodgrove had runners aboard via a scratch hit or Jefferson infield error, it was a pair of 4-6-3 double plays that defused any budding rallies against the senior right-hander headed to Messiah College (Pennsylvania) next year.
When Jefferson was able to plate single runs in both the second and third innings it was on the right path to eventually get a 4-0 win that moved its pre-Myrtle Beach Week record to 13-1.
Woodgrove had its three-game win streak snapped and left Sager Field with a 3-4 overall record.
Two Jefferson errors, a lone Carroll walk and three singles gave the Wolverines only six baserunners against Carroll’s stingy slants.
Carroll faced only 25 batters in his complete-game shutout.
Jefferson had enough runners to score more than four runs, receiving six walks in its first four turns . . . but it stranded most of those runners, leaving eight men on base by the game’s end.
There were two walks doled out in the first by Woodgrove starter Jarett LoRusso. But the Cougars could not score. Two more walks in the second were helped by Cory Daly’s RBI single that came with two outs.
Dalton Jamison had an RBI in the second, where Alex Tennant aided the one-run inning with his single.
Austin Bulman’s groundout produced another run in the third, where Bailey Dodson scored after his single.
With Carroll in complete command of the Woodgrove bats three runs seemed almost as good as seven runs.
It took singles from Jamison, Tennant and Bailey Dodson to put a fourth run on the right field scoreboard.
After the first inning where an error caused some concern, Carroll never allowed more than one baserunner in any other inning.
The Cougars will be in Myrtle Beach this week, playing every day from Tuesday through Friday . . . with a possible game on Saturday if they win enough times.
Their first three opponents are Cave Spring (Virginia), Brockport (New York) and Pigeon Forge (Tennessee).
In Carroll’s taming of the Wolverines, the Cougars shoved their latest winning streak to seven games.