April 30th, 2018

Colts fall to Bullitt East

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Conor Revell

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Colts fall to Bullitt East
Jordan Lacy throws a pitch for DeSales / photo by Conor Revell

The DeSales baseball team got off to a hot start and usually that plays to your advantage, but that didn’t last.

Bullitt East scored five unanswered runs in the final four innings to defeat the host Colts 5-2 Monday night.

“That happens when you walk batters and you leave guys on base,” DeSales head coach T.J. Cataldo said. “That’s a good fundamentally sound baseball team. They took advantage of our mistakes. To their credit, they got guys on, they got base hits, and they took care of what they needed to do. We always tell the guys to win each inning, we won the first two innings but weren’t able to win anymore, it’s hard to win when you only win one inning.”

DeSales (11-8) scored a run in the first two innings to go up 2-0 before the Chargers (15-5) scored three runs in the third inning and two runs in the sixth to ice the game.

Garrett Matthews made it 1-0 with an RBI single in the first inning.

“I got down two strikes and was just trying to get the ball in play,” Matthews said. “I swung and got the ball into the hole.”

Sam Newkirk blasted a run-scoring triple to right-center field to make it 2-0 in the second inning.

“He threw me a first pitch fastball which was a ball,” Newkirk said. “Then he threw me a curveball down the middle and I took a bad swing. I thought he was going to come back with it but he left it in the zone and I hit it good.”

The Chargers made it 3-2 in the third. Hayden York and Peyton Meredith were walked and Jonathan Maros was plunked to load the bases with nobody out. Jared Wantye hit a 2-RBI ground-rule-double and Tyler Mozingo had a run scoring grounder.

Bullitt East added two more runs in the sixth inning. Harrison Vereb struck out, but was safe at first because of a wild pitch. Sean Johnson singled and the DeSales center fielder threw it above the third baseman head allowing Vereb to score while the batter made it to third.

Johnson scored on York’s suicide squeeze.

Garrett Simpson started on the hill for the Chargers and threw a complete game and allowed two runs, two earned, six hits, struck out nine, and walked two.

“He’s a good pitcher,” Cataldo said. “He throws hard and he throws strike. We could have probably been more aggressive at the plate. At least from the third base coach’s box, I saw some fastballs that looked hittable. A couple of our guys didn’t think otherwise. We need to be more aggressive with fastballs because once you get behind in the count you start to see curveballs.”

Simpson only allowed two hits and walked one in the final four innings.

“You can’t take a pitch off,” Newkirk said. “You have to go 100 percent with every pitch. You have to be focused. If you’re focused, you win games like this. If you lose focus, then it’s a lot harder to win, and you often lose.”

Jordan Lacy started on the hill for the Colts and gave up three runs, three earned, four hits, struck out five, and walked three.

Ethan Meecha tossed one inning and gave up two runs; one earned; two hits, struck out one, and walked none. Nicholas Heil threw a perfect inning of relief.

Jayden Scroggins and Newkirk led the Colts with two hits apiece while Matthews and Luke McClinton each had one hit.

“I think we learned that walks and hitting batters can come back to haunt you,” Matthews said. “We got more hits than they did, but we didn’t score enough to win that’s on us hitters.”

The Colts left five on base.

“We just have to keep working,” Cataldo said. “We have had some really good games and we have had some games that weren’t so great. We’re going to keep working and learning. The pitchers need to always throw strikes. They’re very fundamentally sound. At the plate, we need to make sure we capitalize when we get guys on base. We’ll get back at it tomorrow.” 

 

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