CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Bradley Central completed a season-opening two-game sweep of Walker Valley on Wednesday night, beating the Mustangs, 10-0, behind the one-hit pitching of Gunnar Norwood.
The Bears (2-0, 2-0) won Tuesday’s District 5-3A opener on Tuesday with a 11-3 trouncing of the Mustangs (0-2, 0-2).
In the two games, Bradley pounded out 24 hits, scored 21 runs, play errorless defense and held Walker Valley to six hits and three runs.
Norwood went the distance Wednesday and yielded only a third-inning single to Jacob Chambers. Norwood struck out five and got 14-hit support. He added a run-scoring single in a five-run third inning to the offensive attack.
In that third inning uprising, Cason Still singled and scored on Tyler Carpenter’s double. Dylan Standifer, Jeremiah Sims, Norwood and Hunter James followed with RBI singles.
The Bears scored five more in the sixth inning.
Still and Jake Presley singled and advanced to third and second on a wild pitch. Carpenter delivered a two-run single, Kyler Lynn walked and Carpenter scored on a wild pitch. Standifer doubled runners to second and third, Sims walked to load the bases and Norwood walked to force in the fourth run. Brandon Thompson’s RBI single capped the scoring.
On Tuesday, Thompson threw a five-hitter and struck out 12 as the Bears romped to the easy win.
Sims went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs. Standifer drove in two runs and scored twice. Sims went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Thompson drove in three runs.
For Walker Valley, Brady Swafford had a two-run double and Blake Peterson went 2 for 4.
Walker Valley 000 000 -- 0 1 0
Bradley Central 005 005 -- 10 14 0
WP – Gunnar Norwood (1-0); LP – Ben Clark (0-1).
Bradley Central 300 025 1 – 11 10 0
Walker Valley 003 000 0 – 3 5 5
WP – Brandon Thompson (1-0); LP – Jacob Buckner (0-1).
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