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Prep Baseball: Saints struck by Storm

April 09, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Mercersburg Academy's Joe Sanchez throws the final pitch of the game Tuesday against Saint James. Sanchez pitched all five innings in his first start of the year, finishing with a four-hit shutout.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

ST. JAMES — Throwing only two strikes to the first three batters in the opposing lineup is not a good indication of how things might fare.

Saint James starter Ben Holland walked the first three batters in the Mercersburg Academy lineup and each scored in a three-run first inning.

Four innings later, players shook hands after Mercersburg had recorded a 16-0 victory over the Saints, who return to action Wednesday at home against Flint Hill.

“You can’t start a game the way we did and make it competitive,” Saint James coach Mick Kerns said.

Reggie Fiumano had a two-run double and starting pitcher Joe Sanchez drove in a run in the first for the Blue Storm lead.

Holland started the second with a walk and hit batter, but got two out before a run-scoring single by Tiger Smith, a two-run double by Jamie Cooper and a throwing error gave Mercersburg (8-1) a 7-0 lead.

In relief, Patrick Morris started the third inning by retiring the first two Blue Storm batters before another throwing error kept the inning alive.

Lorenzo Vazquez made the Saints (9-2) pay for the mistake with a two-run home run, his fifth of the year. Two singles and another error kept the inning alive for Tristin Riley to drive in two more runs with a double.

“That’s a tough team, and you can’t give a team like that three extra outs in an inning,” Kerns said. “It’s tough getting three outs.”

Mercersburg tacked on two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth.

Two of Saint James’ four hits were doubles by Garrett Blank and Tyler George.

One defensive play by the Saints would be worthy of ESPN as center fielder Brett Vitkun scrambled on an angle to his left toward the fence and made a diving catch of a fly ball hit by Brad Wastler to end the third inning.

Besides the eight overall walks and hit batter, Mercersburg pounded out 15 hits, two each by Fiumano, Smith and Cooper.

“We’re a good hitting team with five strong hitters at the top of the lineup,” Blue Storm coach Karl Reisner said. “We took advantage of opportunities today.”

Sanchez made his first start of the year on the mound and went the distance, allowing the four hits, walking none and striking out two.

“We gave (Sanchez) the start and expected to get maybe three innings but he threw well,” Reisner said.

Mercersburg 16, Saint James 0
Mercersburg    345    22    —    16    15    0
Saint James    000    00    —    0    4    3
Sanchez and Wastler. Holland, Morris (3), Brown (4), Hart (5) and Blank. WP — Sanchez (1-0). LP — Holland (2-2). HR — M: Vazquez (3rd, one on).

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