Yellowjackets down Bowie, take 1-0 series lead

By Reece Waddell | Published Friday, May 3, 2019.
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Brad McIntire thought Boyd’s lineup could use a jolt entering the Yellowjackets’ 3A Region I bi-district series with Bowie Thursday night.

The Boyd coach shifted his batting order, moving Jason King to the clean-up spot. The senior did not disappoint.

“He had been hitting a few spots down, but I moved him up to hopefully create a spark,” McIntire said. “He’s been kind of the No. 5 or 6. I just bumped him up. He hit the ball hard all night.”

King mashed four hits in a 4-for-4 night at the plate, driving in four runs to lead the Yellowjackets to a 13-7 win over Bowie in the first game of the best-of-three series. Game 2 was in Bowie Friday night.

“I think of it as a team type of thing,” said King of his move up in the order. “I want to help the team. I’m trying to put balls in play, and when you do that, good things happen.”

King put Boyd on the board in the first inning, plating Rustyn Ellis on a two-out single. His third RBI of the game put the Yellowjackets up 7-1 in the fourth and chased Bowie starter Parker Price.

“My mindset is always to hit the first pitch fastball and go from there,” King said. “I was really just sitting trying to hit everything up the middle and it worked out.”

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

The Yellowjackets scored six times in the fourth, taking a 10-1 lead. Their nine-run advantage allowed Boyd’s skipper to pull starter Boston McIntire after four innings and just 61 pitches.

He gave up one run on six hits and struck out five. The Yellowjackets’ ace is eligible to throw 49 more pitches at any point in the series.

“Once we got that lead that’s why I took him out,” Coach McIntire said. “He had to compete. It was a tight zone a little bit and he worked through some trouble early. Being able to get him out where he could come back could be big for us later on.”

Boston navigated a jam in the third inning after putting two on with no outs. He induced a ground ball for a double play and completed the Houdini act by getting Bowie’s Cooper Little to pop out.

“That’s who he is,” Coach McIntire said. “He’s one of those where the moment never gets to him.

“That was why I made the decision to go with Boston. We don’t get a lot of home playoff games here. I knew we’d have a good crowd and I wanted to put on a show for them. [I wanted us] to get the momentum. But [Bowie] showed they’re going to fight. We’re going to have to get after them [Friday], too.”

If Boyd won Friday night, it would be the Yellowjackets’ first bi-district title since 2003, and just their fourth since 1992. The winner of this series will advance to the 3A Region I area round and play Clyde next week.

“I know it’s been awhile since we’ve won a playoff game,” King said. “All year we’ve kind of struggled hitting the ball but tonight we kind of broke out. I think it we continue to do that we have a chance to make a run.”

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