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Naile lifts Squirrels past Missouri Valley

Sunday, July 18, 2010

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Charleston's James Naile delivers a pitch to Missouri Valley on Friday evening during the Senior Babe Ruth State Tournament at Hillhouse Park in Charleston. Naile struck out seven batters in a complete game shutout as well as driving in the Squirrels' two runs on three hits. Brent Shipman
CHARLESTON -- Riding the arm and bat of James Naile, the Charleston Squirrels are now one step closer to their fourth consecutive Senior Babe Ruth state title.

Naile pitched seven shutout innings and drove in both of the Squirrels' runs as Charleston squeezed by Missouri Valley 2-0 Friday evening to stay in the winner's bracket of the Senior Babe Ruth State Tournament.

"James was dealing on the mound," Squirrels coach Michael Minner said. "He flat out was in command all night. He came up with a couple key hits too so he had a real good night for us.

"Fortunately we got some guys on base in front on him."

Charleston would take an early lead in the bottom of the first when, with Cody Rice at first, Naile hit a shot that just stayed inside the first base bag.

The ball would continue into foul territory before ricocheting back fair near the right field fence allowing Rice to score from first and leaving Naile with a triple.

Adding a little insurance in the third, Rice and Naile would team up again after Rice reached on a fielder's choice, followed by Zach Rowland reaching on an error by the shortstop which left runners on first and third with two outs.

Another hard hit ball by Naile, a single to right field, would easily score Rice to make it a 2-0 ball game.

"Luckily the pitcher fell behind all three times (I faced him) to a 2-0 count and I was just sitting on a fast ball," Naile said. "He actually gave it to me all three times and I put some good swings on it."

Though the Squirrels would be unable to add to that lead in the following innings, solid defense and stellar pitching would make it a moot point.

Missouri Valley would fail to get a runner past second in the final four innings, with Charleston retiring them order in the seventh to secure the 2-0 win.

"I thought that we played great honestly," Naile said. "I think that we came out once again with a great intensity.

"That's a good ball club and we knew what we had to do and we went out there and we did it. I couldn't be prouder."

On the game, the Squirrels compiled six hits with Naile leading the team with three, including two triples.

Marshall Stallings, Dustin Brister and Danny McKinney rounded out the rest of the offense contributing a single each.

In earning the win Naile pitched the full seven innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out seven.

"I felt great," he said. "I had all my pitches working. Me and Zach, we work so well together. I don't even have to shake him off. He knows what I need to come with and we're a team up there.

"We try real hard to get ahead of hitters and luckily we did that tonight."

With the win Charleston advanced to the next round of the winner's bracket in the double-elimination tournament, where they played Jackson Saturday at 4 p.m.

Results for the game will be available in Monday's edition of the Standard Democrat.

Missouri Valley 000 000 0 - 0

Charleston 101 000 x - 2

WP -- James Naile. LP -- Rhett Quinlan. Multiple hitters -- (C) James Naile 3-3. 3B -- (C) Naile 2.