It’s an asset being able to throw a baseball really fast, but it can also be a little deceiving, especially if there’s no control behind it.
Knight High sophomore pitcher Cody Turner doesn’t get the ball to the plate too quickly, but was able to tie up the host Burroughs batters after working almost seven scoreless innings during a 3-0 win last Friday afternoon in a Quartz Hill Tournament game at Tomahawk Field.
Turner allowed two hits with three strikeouts and four walks with two hit batters.
“We’re just not hitting the ball. We’re just not swinging the bat,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Craig Sherwood. “I thought the pitching was good. The pitching gave up one earned run.’’
Sherwood then added: “They’re good kids and they’re trying,’’ he said. “They’re putting the effort in and they’re working hard. Right now they’re in a funk.’’
The Indians (4-5) had the bases loaded in the seventh inning, but didn’t score. Senior Matthew Diaz, who singled to center field in the second, drew a one-out walk.
Pinch hitter junior Nicco Chuidian was hit by a pitch, both advanced a base on a wild pitch and junior reliever Demetrius Freeman walked junior Andres Salazar.
Freeman recovered and fanned senior Brandon Giraldo on a called third strike and junior pinch hitter Jesse Rodriguez flied out.
“If we wanted it, we should have hit it,’’ said Diaz of Turner’s pitches. “I feel like we weren’t aggressive enough.’’
Neither team scored until the Hawks (3-4-1) tallied a couple of runs in the third.
After a two-out walk to junior Eduardo Morales, Freeman lined a double down the left field line and later scored on an error that made it 2-0.
Knight tacked on a run in the sixth inning when senior Luis Vega roped a two-out double to right center and scored when senior Marc Vega reached on an error.
Burroughs senior Revin Diego singled in the first with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch, senior Nathan Palafox lined out and senior Andrew Jacob Barrera grounded out.