Catholic defeats Boyle 11-4

May 21, 2004|MARTY WARREN

When facing a team that hit the ball the way seventh-ranked Lexington Catholic did Thursday, a team must make all the plays available in the field to stay in the game.

The Knights collected 17 hits against the Rebels, and Boyle complicated matters by committing seven errors that led to six unearned runs as Boyle dropped an 11-4 decision here.

Catholic (23-8) scored single runs in the first and second innings, then plated five runs on six hits and four Boyle errors in the third to lead 7-0.

"Our effort wasn't bad, we just made mental mistakes in the field that killed us," Boyle coach David Camic said. "We threw the ball to wrong bases and made mental errors that we shouldn't be making this time of the year.


"(Pitcher) Evan (Teague) didn't have his best game. He was up in the zone with some of his pitches, and good teams are going to hit those. He hadn't pitched in over a week, though, and we needed to get him some work."

The third inning began when Matt Menard singled to right and Ben Revere was hit by a pitch for the second time in as many at-bats. Jeremy Wilson blooped a single to right to load the bases before Tyler Stephenson doubled to score two runs. Wilson scored on an overthrow at the plate. Teague, backing up the play at the plate, then threw wide of third to allow Stephenson to score for a 6-0 lead. The Knights added another run on an RBI single by Josh Franklin to lead 7-0.

Morris hits three-run homer

Boyle (19-12) was able to get to winning pitcher Taylor Brooks, who threw a one-hitter earlier in the year against the Rebels, in the third. Phillip Dean walked to lead off the inning and moved to second when Andrew West was hit by a pitch. Brad Cloud's single scored Dean and Tyler Morris followed with a three-run homer to right center to trim the lead to 7-4.

"(Brooks) was almost unhittable the first time we played," Catholic coach Rodney Martin said. "He had problems spotting his curveball in the third and Boyle did a nice job being patient at the plate. Boyle always plays hard and did a nice job to get back into the game."

"We hit the ball better against Brooks this game," Camic said. "We didn't give in to him."

Camic replaced Teague with senior Jamie Robinson in the fourth and he gave up a bad hop single for a run in the fourth and two unearned runs in the seventh.

"Jamie showed a lot of heart and did a nice job," the Boyle coach said. "He had a good curve to go along with his fastball and spotted it well."

Boyle threatened in the fifth inning only to come up empty. With one out, Morris walked and Matt Engle doubled off the right field wall. The inning fizzled, though, when Robinson struck out and was thrown out at first when Franklin dropped the third strike. Morris broke for the plate on the throw to first and was easily thrown out at the plate.

Catholic then plated three runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

"Catholic put a lot of pressure on us and we have to start making plays," Camic said. "This was a good game for us leading into the district.

We have one regular season game left (today against East Jessamine) before we play Danville on Monday."

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