April 10th, 2019

DeSales Defeats Holy Cross 6-3

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales Defeats Holy Cross 6-3
DeSales defeats south end catholic rival Holy Cross 6-3/ photo by Ed Peak

You can go to thousands of baseball games and still see something new or different. Such was the case Wednesday night as DeSales beat south end catholic rival Holy Cross 6-3 at Rex Robinson Field.

 
Designated hitter Garrett Mathews at the plate. Mathews, a senior shot a curving line drive toward Cougars left fielder Trenton Brewer who made a nice catch. However the field umpire had called a bulk. Therefore the ball was ruled dead and pinch runner Noah Beck was awarded home giving the Colts a 4-3 lead in the fifth.
 
"I wasn't sure about it," said Mathews who had a two run single in the third inning that got the Colts within 3-2. "He (the umpire) told me to go back. It was a dead ball."
 
Mathews flied out for the third out, but DeSales had the momentum.
 
"He yelled (the umpire) earlier," said DeSales coach Tim Sievert. "It wasn't loud. It was definitely a balk."
 
Holy Cross (6-6) fresh off a 10 inning victory over Pleasure Ridge Park, Tuesday, jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning off Colts starter Jason Bassett. J.R. Perry and Wesley Clark had run scoring singles. Austin Priddy's ground out scored the third run.
 
"We just put it on cruise control after the first inning," said Holy Cross coach Tim Hockman. "We're down in our (pitching) rotation. You have to tack on runs."
 
Mathews solid two out single in the third scored Jayden Scroggins and Devin Purcell who singled making it a one run game.
 
In the fifth J.R. Perry came in to pitch and promptly hit Scroggins with a pitch. Purcell sacrificed Scroggins to second. Catcher Drew Smith tripled to right field with two outs easily scoring Scroggins.
 
"I've practiced that 1-2 pitch taking it to right field all week," said Smith. "This feels great coming off a loss like that (Butler 13-4)."
 
Sophomore Noah Brite (4-0) pitched three and two thirds innings allowing two hits, striking out five. "His curve ball was a monster," said Smith.
 
Holy Cross threatened in the sixth when Craig Thompson singled and Gavin Fouschee doubled. But Brite got Trenton Brewer to popup and Luke Reed to ground out to second that Scroggins make a nice play moving to his left and throwing out the runner.
 
"We have less than two outs and we hit a popup to the infield," said Hockman. "We're ok. I'm not disappointed by no means. I know we can play with the best. I have a confident feeling."
 
Sievert was ecstatic about Scorggins defensive play. "I though it was a base hit," said Sievert. "I was totally surprised. Only a few athletes can make that play."
 
DeSales (7-8) added a pair of runs in the sixth as Shane Tinsley and Scroggins singled home runs.
 
"Our guys were so amped for Butler," said Sievert. "I think they learned a lesson."
 

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