St. Laurence took advantage of four Mount Carmel miscues to post a 7-3 Catholic League Blue win Wednesday in Burbank.
“We kept battling,” St. Laurence coach Pete Lotus said. “It wasn’t pretty. We didn’t play real well defensively either. We gave them some outs.”
The difference, however, was that St. Laurence (19-2, 8-1) did a better job overcoming its own four errors.
The game was tied 2-2 in the fourth inning when Brad Wood, with runners on second and third base and two outs, hit a grounder that second baseman Ako Thomas fielded and threw to first base. However, Malik Carpenter dropped the throw, allowing Kevin White (single) and John Riordan (double) to score for a 4-2 lead.
“Malik initially went after the grounder until Ako called him off,”
Mount Carmel coach Brian Hurry said. “I don’t know how set Malik was for the throw when he retreated back to the base. Either way, we have to play better defense.”
The Vikings tacked on three runs in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run homer by Mike Miller that made it 7-3.
“The wind was blowing out and I hit it well,” said Miller, a left-handed hitter. “We took advantage when they [Mount Carmel] didn’t make plays.”
The Caravan (17-3, 8-1) loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first, as Thomas walked, Dave Dobrinich singled and Josh Stowers (2-for-4) reached on an error. Vikings pitcher Alex Hitney (5-0) retired the next two hitters, but Jeremy Houston came through with a two-run single.
“We got off to a 2-0 lead, but it should have been more than that,” Hurry said.
Hitney settled down, going five innings and allowing three runs — all unearned — along with four hits, four walks and he struck out four.
“Alex could have buckled in the first inning, but he battled back,” Lotus said. “He pitched awesome.”
St. Laurence cut the deficit to 2-1 on an RBI grounder by Mike Kornacker in the first inning and tied it on a bunt single by Wood (2-for-3) in the second.
Mount Carmel brought the tying run to the plate after loading the bases in the seventh. Reliever John Riordan was able to retire Houston and Jordan Mikolajewski, though, to end the game.
Caravan starter Richard Fordon (4-1) allowed seven runs on seven hits over five innings.