GENOA – Brady Huffman is the number one pitcher for the Genoa-Kingston baseball team. And, he showed why against Hampshire in the Class 3A Hampshire Regional.
The sophomore threw a complete game gem for the Cogs and G-K moves on to the regional semifinals with a 3-1 victory Monday afternoon. Huffman scattered five hits and allowed one run, while striking out 10 Whip-Purs.
“It was probably one of my better games. It was hot out, and I feel better when it is hot out,” Huffman said.
At one point, Huffman retired eight straight batters during the middle innings. G-K coach Anson Ellis said that he has confidence in everyone in his pitching staff.
“With our pitching staff, a two run lead is very nice. We feel confident in our pitching staff,” Ellis said. “Even if we had to make a pitching change, we still felt that we could hold them to under two or three runs.”
The Cogs scored early and gave Huffman some breathing room. Griffin McNeal opened the second inning with a double. After Huffman grounded out, Joe Murray walked. Andrew Caldwell, the next batter, ripped a single to center scoring McNeal.
Two batters later, Jake Langford reach on an error and Murray scored to give G-K an early lead. Huffman said it was easier to pitch after getting that lead.
“Once you get a lead, you just feel better and you loosen up. Relax and throw, and I felt better with the lead,” said Huffman.
G-K scored its third run in the fifth inning. Tommy Hansen led off the inning with an infield single and eventually scored on a McNeal double. Huffman’s only run allowed was unearned in the top of the seventh.
“We made some mistakes but there were mistakes we came right back on the next play,” said Ellis. “Defensively, we had an error here or there, but offensively, we put the ball in play real well and our pitching was outstanding.”
The Cogs will play Sycamore at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Hampshire Regional Semifinal.