Defending 2A state champs handcuff St. Aloysius, 9-1|[03/24/07]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 25, 2007

It was not a good day for the St. Aloysius Flashes.

They couldn’t hit, pitch or field, and that meant they couldn’t win against a talented club like Greenville-St. Joe.

Chris Reifers went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored, and undefeated St. Joe (11-0) pummeled the Flashes 9-1 Saturday at Bazinsky Field.

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St. Al (14-5) managed only one hit through the first five innings, committed four errors – three of them in a four-run third inning by St. Joe – and allowed eight walks from four different pitchers.

&#8220It was horrible. We’ve got to fix it. We’ve got a lot of stuff we’ve got to fix,” St. Al coach Clint Wilkerson said. &#8220We’re not focused, not ready to play. You can’t not show up against an above-average team and expect to win.”

Things went south for the Flashes in a hurry. They failed to score after loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the second inning, then committed three errors in the top of the third that staked St. Joe to a 4-0 lead.

The Irish loaded the bases with no outs on a base hit, error and walk before Travis Webster brought in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly to right. The other runners moved up a base, then St. Al starter Ryno Martin-Nez got Jamie Montgomery to hit a grounder to short.

An attempt to gun down Irish runner Layton Jones resulted in a wild throw for a run. St. Joe’s Anthony Cremeen followed with an RBI groundout to make it 3-0, but a bad throw to third in an attempt to throw out Montgomery allowed another run to score.

&#8220We hit the ball, they made a couple of errors and we were lucky to get a couple of runs there,” Reifers said. &#8220It fired us all up and got us going on our roll.”

Reifers smashed a two-run homer to left centerfield in the top of the fourth to stretch the lead to 6-0, and the Flashes were all but finished.

They only hit two balls out of the infield in the first four innings, and didn’t score until Waring came in on Jordan Muirhead’s RBI single in the fifth. At one point, Wilkerson pulled his entire starting infield out of the game and gave them a tongue-lashing in the dugout.

The starters re-entered the following inning, but it did little to shake off their sluggishness.

&#8220I’m not going to allow guys to just show up and not play with the effort I demand,” Wilkerson said.