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May 16, 2014

Grand slam powers Bulldogs past Raiders

Led by a big night at the plate from Tyler Houston, the Brownsburg baseball team scored a 5-2 win over Harrison on Thursday.

While Brownsburg was solid on the mound and in the field, Houston went a perfect 4 for 4, including a grand slam that helped the Bulldogs improve to 14-7 overall, 8-5 in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.

“We’re pretty glad Tyler showed up. He had four of our six hits and four of our RBIs,” Brownsburg coach Eric Mattingly said. “When you pitch like we did and get good defense, sometimes you only need a few runs.”

Starting pitcher Triston Polley gave up just two hits, and closer Michael Klayer retired three of four batters in the seventh for the save.

“Triston really locked in after a shaky beginning, just like we’d expect him to,” Mattingly said. “Mike, he throws hard, and we just ask him to throw strikes and make them hit you, and he’s done a good job all year.”

Polley got off to a rough start, with a single, hit batter, two passed balls and two sacrifice RBI in the top of the first as the Raiders took a 2-0 lead.

Harrison nearly added a run in the second, but outfielder Ryan Robbins had a diving catch to record the third out. In the bottom of the frame, Houston drove four home with a blast off the scoreboard in left field.

“I was looking for my pitch in my spot, and that’s what he threw me, so I had to do it,” said Houston, who was thrown a fastball down and in.

Houston has found his stride after a comparatively slow start to the season.

“He’s hitting over .400 for us now, and he’s really attacking the ball,” Mattingly said. “He came in late with the basketball team going to regionals, and I think it just took him an extra week or so to get in the swing of things.”

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