Shoemaker simply had no answer for Cameron Johnson on Tuesday night.
The 5-foot-10 Copperas Cove junior pitcher earned the win by going six innings and only allowing two hits while striking out 10 batters in a 7-1 road victory.
“He really pitched well and threw a lot of strikes, and really pounded the zone with his fastball,” said Copperas Cove head coach Dusty Brittain. “He had a couple of times here and there where he walked some guys, but was able to pitch out of some jams, and that was huge for us.”
As a team, the Bulldawgs picked up 10 hits. Michael Goudeau and Tyler Ingram both went 3 for 4. Ingram picked up a game-high three RBIs.
Cove (7-7, 1-2) got the scoring started in the third inning when 9-hole hitter Jalyn Smith reached on an error, Goudeau followed with a single to the pitcher, and Smith came around to score on a Colby Jost sacrifice fly to right field.
Johnson followed with a walk, and
Ingram singled to left, which scored Goudeau, giving the visiting Bulldawgs a 2-0 lead they never relinquished.
Shoemaker had a chance to cut into a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the fifth. With runners at second and third, and one out, Burt Cruz hit a hard smash that looked to be destined for center field. But second baseman Cedric Camacho made a nice stab at the ball in the air,and flipped it to shortstop Jost for the double play to end the threat.
The lead grew in the top of the sixth when Goudeau singled through the middle to bring home a run. Then with two outs and runners and second and third, Ingram hit a two-strike single to center, which scored Jost and pinch-runner Cameron Petet, and give the Dawgs a 6-0 lead.
In the seventh, Shoemaker had a chance to cut into a 7-0 deficit against Ingram, whom Cove brought in to relieve Johnson.
Ingram got the first two outs on strikeouts, but four straight Grey Wolves reached when Khenan Meriwether and Jose Hernandez walked, and Burt Cruz was hit by the pitch to load the bases for cleanup hitter Kyle Figueroa.
Figueroa drew a walk, which scored Moore for the Wolves’ first run of the game. Ingram got Joel Encarnacion to strike out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end the game.
For Shoemaker (2-12, 0-3), Hernandrez, Meriwether and Maker Nena all reached base twice by picking up a pair of walks.
Figueroa and Jesus Encarnacion each had singles.
Hernandez pitched the first five innings for the Grey Wolves, while Austin Christoff finished the final two innings.
Brittain knows his team can do big things this season, and would like to carry Tuesday’s win into Friday.
“I would like to see us score more runs early and do it often, like we did tonight. We made a lot of routine plays tonight, which we kind of struggled with so far this year,” Brittain said.
“When the other team makes mistakes, we have to capitalize, and we did that tonight.”