CARY, N.C.—Different day, different starter, different result.
A day after pounding Aliso Niguel with 19 hits in a 16-1 win, Dyer County (Newbern, Tenn.) was shut down by Virginia commit Adam Haseley as The First Academy advanced to the semifinals of the National High School Invitational with a 2-0 win Wednesday.
TFA will next face Regis Jesuit (Colo.), which defeated Mountain Pointe (Ariz.).
Haseley gave up only two hits and struck out nine as he ran his fastball up to 88 mph and showed a diving slider.
He subdued Dyer, which on Tuesday had a seven-run inning and a five-run inning in its first-round win.
Haseley, who didn’t even know he was pitching today until Tuesday night, said he was prepared for Dyer.
“We did hear about (the 16-1 win); we knew that they could swing it a little bit. You just kind of think about what you have to do. You just try to mix it up. I just tried to establish the fastball early … they’re a good hitting team.”
TFA coach Scott Grove said he wanted to wait and see who Wednesday’s opponent was before naming Haseley the starter.
“When we saw that (Dyer) swung it good, we wanted to equalize it with Adam,” Grove said. “He did a great job getting ahead. You could tell they looked uncomfortable all day.”
Dyer, which jumped out early on Aliso Niguel on Tuesday, went meekly against Haseley early on, not getting a hit until Matthew Pease singled with two outs in the third.
Dyer coach Preston Ozment said he had information on Haseley and knew it would be a low-scoring game.
“It’s hard to bounce back from a 20-hit game,” Ozment said. “Baseball just works that way, especially when you’re seeing a great arm. He held us off balance. He did a good job. You just have to tip your hat to him.”
TFA scored in the second when Peyton Hopkins walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Trenton Fiscus dropped a single into center field.
Meanwhile, two-way player Haseley helped push across the game’s second run when he reached on an error by Dyer second baseman Dylan Parker. After a sacrifice moved Haseley to second, he moved to third on a foul pop that Parker made a great play on. Haseley scored on Cody Oerther’s infield roller to short.
For Dyer County, stocky senior righthander Cody Purvis nearly matched Haseley. Purvis struck out nine and gave up only seven hits in the complete game. Neither of the runs he allowed were earned.
“No, sir. This is really good competition,” Purvis said if he was surprised by Haseley’s stuff.