March 29th, 2012

DeSales Captures 6th Region All "A" Title

Brad Knoop

Staff Writer

DeSales Captures 6th Region All "A" Title
photo by Brad Knoop

Colts defeat Beth Haven 11-1 to earn regional championship

Senior Patrick Remines fanned nine Beth Haven batters as the DeSales High School baseball team cruised to the All "A" Classic Sixth Region title 11-1 Thursday night at Holy Cross High School.

The Colts put the scoreboard to work in the first inning as Blake Dewsnap reached on an infield hit, and Ryan Ritchey and Hunter Tipton both got on base on errors. Tipton’s contact plated Dewsnap. Richey scored on a sacrifice by Henry Weiter.

Remines had the gloves behind him, sending the Bearcats down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first inning. Ritchey made a nice stop going to his left in the field at second base, sliding and then throwing the ball to Tipton at first base for the out. The Colts led 2-0 after one.

DeSales opened things up a bit in the second inning. Remines helped himself with a single to left field. Clint Thompson was then hit with a pitch and James Davenport reached base on a bunt and errant throw by the Beth Haven pitcher. The top of the line up came through when Dewsnap singled up the middle. Ricthie walked and Tipton ripped a double to left center field plating two Colts. It was a four run inning, giving DeSales a 6-0 cushion.

Remines gave up two singles to start the bottom half of the second. But then he blew pitches past two swinging Bearcats. He caught another one looking to strike out the sides.

DeSales took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning, where the inning started with Remines picking up his fifth straight strike out. It was another 1-2-3 inning for the Colts.

Tipton started the fourth inning with a screaming fly ball to straight away center field for a solo home run. That was followed by Andrew Beckman reaching on an error and Weiter gaining a base with a walk. The Colts took advantage by scoring their base runners and moved ahead 10-0.

Remines again struck out the sides in the fourth inning. The Colts added one more run and sent another lefty, Nick McNiff, to the mound to close the deal.

A catcher’s interference call put the lead off Bearcat on base. McNiff followed that with two strike outs and then gave up a run scoring double. But her settled down to capture the game ending out, another strike out, and the Colts advance to play in the All A Classic State tournament in May.

DeSales head coach John Hodges credits his senior pitcher for this game. Remines is in the starting rotation but only tossed a few pitches from the mound a season ago.

“Patrick has done a good job. We changed some fundamentals and it took a lot of work to get him to throw strikes in the bullpen,” Hodges said. “This is his second outing where he’s thrown strikes. He’s doing a real good job. It’s tough to put pressure on a senior who hasn’t pitched much to tell him he’s going to be in the rotation and he’s taking that well and he’s hitting the ball well.”

“I felt pretty comfortable, struggled a bit in the second but found a groove and went with it,” Remines said. “I feel more comfortable than I have before. I am having fun out there.”

The Colts will now hit the road for some strong competition, facing Kentucky state powerhouse Henderson County and Indiana powerhouse Newburgh Castle on Saturday.


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