“It feels great,” Myers said of the opportunity to be one win from the state semifinals. “We really came together this year. We lost some key components last year and we came back strong and battled and here we are today. And we’ll keep pushing.”
Summit’s only hit was a leadoff double in the fourth inning that led to its only run on a passed ball, cutting Shawnee’s lead to 3-1. But Myers (6-3) wasn’t rattled.
“We just go out there as pitchers and are taught to hit our spots, take care of business, throw quality pitches in quality counts, get ahead in the count,” he said. “That’s how we do our jobs.”
Myers scored his team’s first run. He led off the first inning with a double and scored on a passed ball. The Braves made the score 3-0 in the third when Mike Moore singled home Zac Spitzer. Then Patrick Fultz scored on a passed ball.
Fultz doubled home Spitzer, who had been hit by a pitch, for the game’s final run in the fifth.
The Braves will be trying to win their first regional game next week since the late 1970s. Armstrong said the team has been strengthened by seven seniors and a difficult schedule, one that Armstrong said might have been the toughest in Clark County. A 1-4 start included three losses against Division I teams.
“We just learned who we were, how we could hit, how we could get guys on, what our pitching and defense could do,” Armstrong said. “Finally we found a good group of kids that fit where they need to be to make the team better.”