"He was picking up the pace a little in the third or fourth inning," said Burns, whose team averaged nine hits and seven runs entering the game. "He really hit his spots well all night. When a kid is pitching like that, we want them swinging because we knew he was throwing first-pitch strikes. What we were upset about is that we weren't swinging at the 0-2."
Parkersburg batters were caught looking on six of Harless' strikeouts, including the first two batters of the seventh inning. If they thought Harless was going to throw away pitches after getting ahead of them 1-2 and 0-2 respectively, they were mistaken.
"I was trying to get ahead with my fastball and going with off speed later in the count," Harless said.
Offensively, the Red Dragons capitalized on an error on the catcher in the first inning. Shrewsbury doubled to lead off the game, but a Turley pop fly behind the plate was dropped.
He exploited the second chance with a run-scoring double.
A Shrewsbury single scored a second-inning run and Joey Dodrill capped the scoring with a sixth-inning single.
Bobby Grishaber's two-run double in the fifth inning extended the lead to 5-0 for the Red Dragons.
The victory marked the third shutout of the season for the St. Albans pitching staff, which has a 2.32-combined earned run average.
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