This afternoon, the baseball team improved to 3-0 in PSAA play with a mercy rule-shortened, 11-1 victory over Martin Luther.
Seamus Scanlon took the hill for the first time this season and sat down three straight batters via strikeout after a leadoff walk, then retired the Cougars in order in the 2nd with a groundout and a pair of strikeouts.
The Bears got on the board in the 2nd when Aidan Mega single-handedly generated a run. The senior drew a one-out walk, moved to second on an error, stole third, then stole home as the catcher threw the ball back to the pitcher.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Cougars knotted the score in the top of the 3rd when a two-out walk led to a bizarre pair of errors on an ensuing steal attempt that brought the runner all the way around. Joe Wozny led off the bottom of the 3rd with a double, then stole third, before Tim Wozny scored his older brother on a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.
The Cougars threatened in the 4th when their first two batters walked. The pair moved to second and third after a wild pitch and stolen base, but Emman Ajewole, in relief of Scanlon, kept them at bay. Following the wild pitch, the junior struck out the next three batters on just 12 pitches to keep the Brook in front.
In the bottom half of the 4th, the Bear offense finally awoke, erupting for nine runs to seize control of the game. Mega was once again the table setter as he led off the inning with a double. Ajewole followed with a single that scored Mega for a 3-1 lead. Sam Nuamah was hit by a pitch and Dan Rueda bunted his way on to load the bases. Scanlon dug in and worked the count to 3-2 before hitting an opposite field flair that found the right field grass, scoring Ajewole and Nuamah for a 5-1 lead. T. J. Wachter followed with a single for a 6-1 lead before a pair of errors pushed the lead to 8-1. A bases loaded walk by Nuamah forced home a ninth run and a Rueda line drive scored Mega and Ajewole to cap the nine-run inning.
The big 4th inning brought the PSAA mercy rule into play which ends the game if a team holds a 10-run lead after the 5th inning. The Bears held the Cougars scoreless in the 5th to end it. Ajewole opened the inning with a pair of strikeouts before a Martin Luther bunt single broke up the collective no-hitter. Ajewole struck out the final batter to nail down the win.
The Bears were dominant on the mound today as Scanlon struck out 5 and allowed 0 hits and 0 runs over 2.0 innings while Ajewole registered 9 strikeouts, 1 hit, and 0 earned runs in 3.0 innings of work. The pair nearly notched the program’s first no-hitter since Cameron Thiessen’s gem vs. Eastport on April 17, 1990.
Mega was the offensive catalyst today, going 2-for-2 at the plate with 3 runs, a walk, and 2 stolen bases. Rueda added 2 hits, 2 RBIs, and a walk.
The Bears are back in action on Monday in a PSAA match-up at Lawrence Woodmere.