Versatile opponent too much for Rock Bridge baseball team

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 | 9:57 p.m. CDT; updated 3:53 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 26, 2011

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong class for shortstop Ryan Phillips.

COLUMBIA — Blake Pummill got pummeled.

The left-handed hitting center fielder for the Blue Springs South baseball team was hit by two pitches in the Jaguars' 13-5 win over Rock Bridge on Tuesday night at Rock Bridge Field.

“Just get on base, that’s my job,” Pummill said.

His job will leave him sore in the morning. One pitch hit him in the right arm and the other squarely on his right thigh.

Pummill said both areas will probably be bruised in the morning, but he doesn’t care.

“It’s OK, anything for the team,” he said.

The first time Pummill was hit, the bases were loaded, sending Austin Holland home. The second time he was hit, he was eventually stranded at first.  

Pummill also had a key at-bat in the top of the seventh inning.

With his team leading 6-4, Pummill laid down a squeeze bunt with the bases loaded. All three base runners scored on a Rock Bridge throwing error, and Pummill ended up on third base.

“I knew he would do something to hit the baseball,” Blue Springs South coach Ben Baier said. “He’s a magnet for the ball.”

The win improves the Jaguars to 2-0 and drops Rock Bridge to 1-1. The Bruins were ranked No. 2 in Class 4 by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association preseason poll.

Rock Bridge coach Justin Towe said it’s all right that his team is struggling early and that they will improve as the season goes on.

“You don’t want to be playing your best baseball right now,” he said. “We need things to work on, that’s the whole point of these early games.”

Senior catcher Wilson Pfeiffer and junior* shortstop Ryan Phillips led the Bruins with two singles and one RBI apiece.

Pfeiffer said he is happy with the team’s effort.

“We fought all the way through,” he said. “You want to have a lot of fight in you and we definitely showed that tonight. No matter what the score was on the scoreboard, we kept fighting through it.”

Matt Olsen of Blue Springs South picked up the win, and Chad Worman picked up a four-inning save. Rock Bridge’s Travis Bittle was charged with the loss.

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