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-Cougars do no wrong with Myers on mound

April 27, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

No matter when Jefferson senior Will Myers is called on to pitch, chances are that the end result is going to be a Cougars win.

Myers toed the rubber as the starter Wednesday night against St. Maria Goretti and used a steady mix of fast and breaking balls to shut down the Gaels and lead No. 3 Jefferson to an 11-0 win at Municipal Stadium.

Myers (4-0) has seen mostly relief action this season, but made his second start - and probably earned a third - as he allowed just two hits and struck out seven. Earlier this season, he picked up a pair of wins in relief appearances in a doubleheader.

"This is probably my breakout game," said Myers, who needed 65 pitches to notch the five-inning victory. "My curveball was working well and my fastball too. I had some success on them with the outside fastball."

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Myers (4-0) faced only three batters over the minimum. Both hits came off the bat of Goretti's David Plank, who reached on an infield hit in the second inning and a line-drive single in the fifth. The only other baserunner for Goretti (5-9) was Kevin Brashears, who reached on a walk in the third inning.

"The thing I liked was that (Myers) didn't walk a lot of people," said Cougars coach John Lowery. "We have a doubleheader coming up and our best pitcher, Brian Collins, coming off an injury. It was a real plus for Will to come out here pitch the way he did."

Jefferson, which secured a 30th consecutive season with at least 20 wins, gave Myers plenty of offense. The Cougars (20-3) tallied nine hits and took advantage of five Gaels errors. Justin Carey, who was recently moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, went 3-for-3 and drove in five runs. He clinched the 10-run mercy-rule victory when he took a David Bowen pitch at eye level and drove it to left field for a two-run single.

"I knew what was coming," Carey said. "I knew it was going to be a good pitch to hit and I just swung."

Matt Tiano also had three hits and Joe Wilt added a run-scoring double for the Cougars, who also walked eight times.

"We're not that talented to give a team like that more than three outs in an inning. And we can't walk as many as we did," said Goretti coach Mike Brashears. "And they took advantage of our mistakes. That's why they're (West Virginia) AAA champs."

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