On a chilly evening when both teams appeared sluggish, Broad Run mustered enough offensive bursts and relied on junior pitcher Scott Schultz to eliminate defending state champion York, 4-0, in the Virginia AA baseball quarterfinals last night at Broad Run.
Broad Run (15-5) will face Rustburg in the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. in Harrisonburg.
"We played a lot of tight ballgames all year," said Broad Run Coach Wayne Todd. "We knew coming in tonight that they were defending state champions and it would be like that."
The real savior for Broad Run was Schultz, who held York (17-5) at bay and ran his record to 10-0 (0.47 earned run average). He finished with 15 strikeouts, picked off a base runner, gave up just four hits and walked four. He hasn't been scored on in the last 20 innings.
"He has always been there," said Todd. "He's the man."
"He's a power pitcher, there's no doubt about it," said York Coach Rusty Ingram. "We had trouble catching up to him in the beginning. . . . They played real good defense and didn't make any errors out there. And he was around the plate all day. We didn't put the pressure on them and didn't get the big hit when we needed it."
York pitcher Scott Maynor didn't fare as well, losing his first game of the season (9-1). He suffered from control problems and consistently pitched himself into jams in his 5 1/3 innings of work, allowing six hits and, more damaging, nine walks. He surrendered all four runs before being relieved by Robb Berryman.
The Spartans scored their first run in the second on a double and two walks. Mike Belcher led off with a walk and advanced to third on Adam Wargo's single that was stretched into a double after York center fielder Donnie Seward let the ball get by him.
Then Todd made a gutsy decision.
With two strikes on Jason Bagby, he called for a squeeze play -- his team executed to perfection. Belcher broke for home and made it safely as Bagby laid a bunt down the first-base side. Maynor's only play was to first.
"I had the best bunter on the team up there," said Todd. "I was waiting for a situation for him to call a strike. I figured he had to throw one with two strikes and we're going to go for it right now."
Schultz and Ian Paterson led off the third inning with singles to left and advanced on designated hitter Willie Caton's grounder back to the mound.
Maynor then walked Belcher to load the bases. After striking out Wargo, Maynor walked Bagby to force in a run before striking out Lenny Izzo to end the inning.
Paterson's two-run homer in the sixth all but finished matters.