Spartanburg Sports Report

Bulldogs Defeat Westside

In their second straight game facing possible elimination, the Boiling Springs Bulldogs pulled off yet another victory this time defeating the Westside Rams 7-3 on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs victory was aided by a six-run fourth inning that saw three different players hit home runs.

With the Bulldogs claiming a 1-0 lead after John Michael Faile scored in the second inning on a single by Max Bailey the Boiling Springs bats came to life in the fourth inning. The inning started off with Justin Brasher reaching base on a walk by Westside pitcher Camron Carey. On the very next at-bat Faile hit a two-run home run over the scoreboard in left field to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. After Michael Bollinger and Dawson Taylor each reached base it was freshman Aaron Thomas’ turn to join the home run party as he hit a three-run homer just inside the left field foul pole to put the Bulldogs lead at 6-0. With two outs in the fourth inning it was senior Will Brown who then hit a solo home run to left field to complete the Bulldogs six-run fourth inning. The solo home run by Brown was not only his first home run of the season but also the first in his high school career. “We swung the bats well again tonight,” said Bulldogs head coach Jeff Lipscomb, “Hopefully we can do it again tomorrow. I believe in this team and they believe in each other.”

The Bulldogs also got a good performance on the mound from senior pitcher Adam Leiszler as he pitched six innings while only allowing two runs, five hits and striking out three batters. Leiszler was able to pitch out of a bases loaded situation in the first inning and limited a bases loaded situation in the sixth inning to only allowing two runs. When asked about Leiszler’s performance Tuesday night Coach Lipscomb said, “He’s something special and has had a great senior year. He’s not someone who is going to light up a radar gun but he’s sitting here undefeated and we couldn’t be happier for him.”

With the victory the Bulldogs will now travel to Northwestern to battle for the 5A Upper State championship where they will have to defeat the Trojans twice to advance to the State Championship tournament that starts Saturday. The only loss that the Bulldogs have suffered this postseason came at the hands of Northwestern last week as they fell to the Trojans 4-0.