St. Al routs Bears with big innings|[3/24/06]
Published 12:00 am Friday, March 24, 2006
St. Aloysius’ hot bats warmed the chilly night air at Bazinsky Field on Thursday, and the Flashes laid waste to West Lincoln.
Blake Tidwell went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and four RBIs, Pierson Waring had two singles and three RBIs, and St. Al pounded out 10 hits in a five-inning, 11-1 victory.
Sean Weaver and Marsh Willis also scored two runs and had two hits apiece for St. Al (8-6, 4-1 Division 7-1A), which scored eight runs in its last two at-bats.
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“It was nice to hit the ball around a little bit,” St. Al coach Clint Wilkerson said. “It’s not that we haven’t been hitting the ball, we’ve just been up and down. Some guys are inconsistent. Tonight, I think everybody pretty much had good at-bats, so that was encouraging.”
St. Al scored three runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back.
Jordan Muirhead led off the inning with a double and Chip Donald was hit by a pitch. Tidwell then brought both around with a triple to right-center, and he scored on a fielder’s choice by J.R. Burnett to make it 3-0.
West Lincoln cut it to 3-1 on Tyler Case’s RBI single in the second inning, but it was one of the few opportunities the Bears took advantage of, or even had.
St. Al starter Ryno Martin-Nez scattered four hits and walked one while striking out five in five innings. His defense committed three errors behind him, helping the Bears (2-7, 2-4) score their only run and threaten for two more in the first.
Martin-Nez pitched out of the early jam, though, and faced the minimum over the last three innings. The defense, which had been shoddy early, turned double plays in the third and fifth innings to help him.
“(St. Al) put the ball in play, and we didn’t do that much. St. Al, every chance they got to make a play, they made a play and we didn’t execute,” West Lincoln coach Keith Cline said.
PCA 12, Riverfield 8.
Hayden Hales went 3-for-4 with a double, grand slam and eight RBIs to lead Porters Chapel (9-5) past Riverfield.
PCA broke a 7-7 tie in the top of the seventh when Moose Carney walked with the bases loaded. Hales followed with his grand slam to give the Eagles a more comfortable lead.
Chris Mixon went 2-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases and three runs scored for PCA, while Michael Busby doubled and scored three runs.