Stewart, Bobcats shock Bulldogs

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 02:04 AM.

The teams were deadlocked through the first five innings as Crestview starting pitcher Justin Abdo and Stewart faced off in a classic pitchers’ duel.

What few batters reached base were erased by a good defensive play or simply stranded on base as the inning ended.

Twice, in the second and fifth innings, the Bulldogs had innings with runners thrown out trying to steal third base.

The Bobcats left runners on second and third in the third inning squandering an excellent scoring opportunity.

Paxton grabbed the momentum and the game with a three-run sixth inning that was fueled by what have become characteristic Bulldog mistakes.

Stewart led off the inning with an infield hit and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jesse Whitmire. A great play by Matt Gillis in center field robbed Howell of a base hit and run batted in for the second out of the inning.

Disasters struck just when it looked as if the Bulldogs would get out of the jam. A pair of Abdo wild pitches allowed Stewart to score.

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