Plant's Fagler works fast in complete-game shutout of King
|Plant senior Brock Fagler worked fast in his complete-game shutout effort, striking out seven and allowing just three hits as the Panthers defeated King 4-0.|
By Jarrett Guthrie
TAMPA – Plant Pitcher Brock Fagler had a game-plan for the visiting King Lions on Tuesday, especially its potent top of the lineup, and that was to pitch them inside and work his off-speed stuff when needed to change the pace. The plan not only worked well, it worked fast as the Panthers senior scattered three hits, facing just one over the minimum as the defense had his back in a 4-0, Plant win that took just an hour and 14 minutes.
“Pretty much everything felt good with my location tonight,” Fagler said. “I felt like even if they were on the plate, I could get it inside and we had a good game plan and I thought I executed it pretty well.”
Fagler needed just 72 pitches as he pounded the strike zone, finishing with seven strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
“Basically it was a fire-starter,” Blanco said of his groundball single to left. “Once we get something to roll, everybody in our lineup gets going and we usually put something like that together.”
Plant (19-4) added another run in the third as Matt Coker’s RBI sac fly scored Gabe Rincones, who reached earlier on a single.
King (17-7) got a single from Jacob Cordell in the third, but Haydak started a double-play, flipping to shortstop J.D. Urso (2-for-2, run) who then threw on to fist baseman Chase Sanguinetti (1-for-3) to end the inning.
|King C Jacob Cordell makes a good play on a foul ball popped behind the dish in the fourth inning, then went back to his position and tagged a runner out trying to advance on a delayed double-steal after the ball was caught.|
|King SP Zan Rose|
“It means a lot since my last two starts haven’t been up to par for myself,” Fagler said. “To come out here and shutout a good team like King, that has been playing well and has beaten us the last two years, it means a lot.”
The Lions did turn a pair of double-plays on defense as Keyon Floyd made a good stop at first base, threw over to get the out at second and then Barger completed the turn tossing back to first where pitcher Zan Rose stepped on the bag to stop the damage in the second; and then the Lions turned a 4-6-3 to end the sixth as Barger flipped to Jamarcus Lyons at second, who then finished things with a throw to Floyd.