Bridges, ILL All-Stars stay alive in tourney

Published 10:57 pm Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Ironton Little League 11-12-year-old All-Star pitcher Jarrod Bridges racks up one of his 12 strikeouts. Bridges also went 4-4 to help the ILL beat Symmes Valley All-Stars 10-0. (Photo By Tim Gearhart)


Symmes Valley Little League 11-12-year-old All-Star pitcher Jackson Fields delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s first game of the championship bracket. (Photo By Tim Gearhart)

By Jim Walker

Now that’s how you cross that bridge when you come to it.
The Ironton Little League 11-12-year-old All-Stars were facing elimination on Tuesday, but they were able to get past that situation thanks to Jarrod Bridges.
Needing a win to force a winner-takes-all game on Wednesday, Bridges pitched a two-hitter and went 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple and four runs batted in as the ILL beat the Symmes Valley Little League 10-0 in five innings.
The two teams meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday for the District 11 title
Bridges also struck out 12 and did not walk a batter in getting the complete game win.
“He hit and pitched really well,” said Ironton coach Keith Frazer.
The ILL took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Silas Ginger singled, Chase Freeman reached on an error, Bridges singled in a run and Freeman scored on an RBI ground out by Ayden Justice.
The lead went to 5-0 in the second inning.
Roman Moore was hit by a pitch, Noah Jones singled and both moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Barrett Waginger.
The sacrifice paid off as Ginger walked and Freeman and Bridges followed with RBI singles.
Waginger reached on an error, Ginger hit into a force play to start the fourth inning but Bridges tripled to make it 6-0.
The ILL ended the game an inning early with four runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Beckett Townsend walked, Moore was hit by a pitch for the second time, Jones was safe on an error to load the bases and Levi Deer grounded out as a run scored. Ginger, Freeman and Bridges all followed with RBI singles.
Ginger was 2-3 with two RBI, Freeman 1-3 with two RBI, Jones 1-2, Justice an RBI and Moore scored a pair of runs.
Symmes Valley 000 00 = 0 2 3
Ironton 230 14 = 10 8 2
Jackson Fields and Austin Simpson. Jarrod Bridges and Beckett Townsend. W-Bridges (IP-5.0, H-2, R-0, K-12, BB-0). L-Jackson F (IP-4.2, H-8, R-10, ER-3, K-4, BB-4, HBP-2) Hitting-SVLL: Bronx Carpenter 1-3, Levi Russell 1-2; ILL: Silas Ginger 2-3 2-RBI, Chase Freeman 1-3 2-RBI, Jarrod Bridges 4-4 3B 4-RBI, Ayden Justice RBI, Roman Moore 2-HBP 2-R, Noah Jones 1-2.

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