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Bova pitches shutout in Bulldogs’ win

Stephanie King

Thursday night’s baseball game between Trinity High School and High Point Andrews was much more than a baseball game. It was a showcase of the hard work, dedication, and perseverance that one Bulldogs’ player put in to play the game he loves and how a community rallied to show their support.

Tyler Bova started at the pitching position for the Bulldogs in his first game since a tragic accident claimed the lives of his parents and younger brother last summer. The accident left Bova not knowing if he would ever be able to walk again let alone play baseball. On Thursday, he proved that anything is possible when you work hard and have faith. He pitched all five innings in the Bulldogs’ 13-0 win over High Point Andrews while recording five strikeouts in the process.

Trinity made quick work of the Red Raiders in the first inning of Bova’s return. Bova struck out the second batter of the inning for out number two before catching a pop-up for the final out of the inning. He would lead off the bottom of the inning at the plate with a hit but was thrown out at first for out number one. Landen Mosley gave the Bulldogs their first base runner of the night after drawing a walk. Cameron Moser had his hit caught for the second out of the inning before a walk from Connor Stanley put runners on the corners. Both Mosley and Stanley were left stranded as the Red Raiders picked up the final out of the inning.

The Bulldogs opened the top of the second with back to back outs before giving up a pair of base hits. Trinity picked off the lead runner at second for the third out of the inning. Kenyon Crotts led off the bottom of the inning with a walk before stealing second to put a runner in scoring position. A sacrifice hit from Noah Brown scored Crotts for the Bulldogs’ first run of the night. Ethan Stepp doubled and would score moments later off a sacrifice fly from Chase Wade. Bova closed out the inning with a hit but it was caught for the final out. After two complete innings, Trinity led 2-0.

After giving up a base hit to the leadoff batter, Bova struck out the next two batters he faced. The Red Raiders added a second base runner on a walk before the Bulldogs picked up the final out of the inning. Trinity started strong in the bottom of the third as Mosley picked up a base hit before stealing second. Moser sent the ball deep into the outfield for a double to score Mosley and give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. After out number one, Graham Bryant singled to bring in Moser and push Trinity’s lead to four. Back to back singles from Crotts and Brown loaded the bases for the Bulldogs with just one out on the board. Stepp was hit by a pitch which allowed Bryant to scored the automatic run. Crotts stole home on a wild pitch before a double from Wade brought in Brown and Stepp. Andrews picked up back to back outs to end the inning. Trinity was in control 8-0 after three innings.

The Bulldogs gave up a hit to start the top of the fourth but turned a double play for two quick outs. After a walk, Trinity picked up the final out of the inning. Andrews started the bottom of the inning with a quick out before three straight walks to Stanley, Ben Owens, and Luke Gentry loaded the bases for the Bulldogs. A hit from Brown brought in Stanley and Owens to give the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead. Gentry scored moments later after Wade drew a walk with the bases loaded. Bova drew a walk that brought in Brown for the automatic run. Bryant scored off a single from Mosley before the Red Raiders got the final two outs of the inning. After four complete, the Bulldogs led 13-0.

Trinity got a quick out to open the top of the fifth before a pair of Red Raiders were hit by pitches. Bova struck out his fourth batter of the night for the second out of the inning. Andrews loaded the bases and looked to spoil the shutout, but Bova would strike out the next batter for the final out of the game.

People from across the Archdale-Trinity community turned out on Thursday to take in a baseball game and to watch one young man reclaim a piece of his life that he thought he may never get back. It is safe to say that they were not disappointed but no matter the outcome this was one baseball game that this team, this community, and Tyler Bova will never forget.

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