Late rally lifts St. Al to victory|[03/06/08]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 6, 2008

St. Aloysius baseball coach Clint Wilkerson was not happy. And his team won.

A seven-run, sixth-inning rally keyed the Flashes (6-1, 2-0) to an 8-2 Division 6-1A win Wednesday night at Bazinsky Field over Pelahatchie. The big inning snapped a 1-1 tie after 5 1/2 innings and help support a good effort from pitcher Stephen Evans, who struck out 11.

“He pitched okay but he was not as sharp as I would like. If you want to be average than this was a good game,”

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Wilkerson said. “But I’m not in this to be average. We didn’t play well.

“We were not sharp. We had no intensity and intensity is something I demand out of my players.”

The Flashes struggled for four innings against Pelahatchie starter Seth Richards, who mixed a live fastball with a decent curveball. He struck out seven in four innings and kept the game scoreless going to the fifth.The Chiefs (2-3), who had just two hits off Evans through four innings, got something going in the fifth when Cody Huff doubled and then went to third on a balk. Charlie Medders brought him in on a fly ball to right that was dropped. Evans then retired the next three Chiefs to end the inning, down 1-0.

St. Al answered with a one-out triple from Pierson Waring, who later scored the tying run on Ryno Martin-Nez’s single.

Evans retired the Chiefs in order in the top of the sixth to leave the game tied at 1.

After a strikeout to start the St. Al sixth, the wheels began to fall off for Richards. He walked Justin Rushing and then gave up a single to Joseph Brown that was booted in left, allowing both runners to move into scoring position. Through the first four innings against Richards, St. Al had left five on, including four in scoring position.This time the Flashes got something when pinch-hitter Judson Gatling sent a chopper to the left side of a drawn-in infield. Rushing came in after the rushed throw went to first. Gatling managed to elude the tag and was safe while Brown went to third.

Beesley then doubled to right-center to score Brown for a 3-1 lead. Waring followed with a double down the right field line to plate two more runs. After Martin-Nez drew an intentional walk, the Chiefs made two straight errors to chase home two more runs. Rushing capped the rally with a bases-loaded walk to make it 8-1.

Evans finished off his night by striking out three in the seventh in between two hits and a throwing error that allowed the Chiefs to score their second run.

Waring had a triple and double for St. Al. Martin-Nez also had two hits, including the first of four St. Al doubles in the game.