"Coach said if I let a runner on [in the seventh], he was going to take me out,'' Turley said. "I did everything in my power to not let that happen.''
"He talked me out of pulling him,'' Whitman said. "He said, 'Coach, let me finish.' I thought he's a senior, he wants the ball, he wants to finish. I told him if he got one baserunner [he was out], and he did the job.''
Nitro got its lone run when Evan Eich led off the sixth with a single, took second on a wild pitch and third on Turley's error. Eich scored on Dylan Slack's sac fly to right.
The Wildcats didn't have many scoring opportunities. SA catcher Josh Burks cut down two would-be base stealers in the first two innings and the Red Dragons pulled a 4-6-3 double play in the fifth.
"The bottom line,'' said Nitro coach Steve Pritchard, "I thought for anybody who watched this game is their kids wanted to win more than our kids did. They competed harder. We scored one in the sixth, and they got one back in the seventh.
"I thought our pitchers [freshmen Matt Harrison and Andrew Stone] did OK. Harrison was flat early, but he got OK. We pulled him out [in the fourth] because we didn't want their hitters to see him three times in four innings. Stoney did a great job.''
Nitro is now 1-8 in games where it scores three runs or fewer.
"Our hitters did nothing,'' Pritchard said. "That's lackluster. That's exactly what we were all day. Not good quality at-bats. The last two weeks, I thought we'd straightened our offense out, but we went right back to our first 20 games. It doesn't give you a chance to win and it looks not competitive.
"It's almost like the Nitro Untouchables. They know everything, but nothing positive happens when they play their game. We're going to play the guys who are going to listen to the coach. That's the bottom line.''
SA won despite missing its top hitter and one of its best pitchers - Joey Dodrill - who sat out with a hamstring injury.
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