Monday, April 1

By Brendan Loiacono

Game 1 goes to Cuyahoga

Jon Lowe led off the tartan half of the first with a line drive single to right field. AJ Kruzel then laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to move Lowe into scoring position with just one away. Sophomore Austin Downing drove in Jon Lowe with an RBI double to the gap in right centerfield to give the Pride a 1-0 lead over the Trio of C’s. Cuyahoga matched Sinclair’s tally by adding a run in the top of the third inning making the score 1-1. In the top of the fifth inning, Cuyahoga added three more runs bringing the score to 4-1 visitors. With one gone in the bottom of the sixth inning, Downing reached first once again on a base on balls. Sullivan also worked a one out walk as Sinclair had runners on first and second. Two batters later with two outs, Lance Straley came into to pinch hit. With a 1-1 count, Straley laced a single to left field, sending Austin Downing scampering home to cut the lead in half, 4-2 Cuyahoga going into the final frame. Sinclair could not overcome the deficit and fell to Cuyahoga in game one. Both starters went the distance in game one of Friday’s double header at Gradys Field. Tyler Sexton fared better than the scoreboard would suggest as he gave up four runs, two of which were earned and struck out three batters.

Final Score: Cuyahoga 4 Sinclair 2

LP: Tyler Sexton 7IP 6H 4R 2ER 1BB 3K’s

Offensive Leaders: Austin Downing 1-1 RBI R 2BB’s, Lance Straley 1-1 RBI, AJ Kruzel 1-2

Sinclair Rules Nightcap 12-2

Southpaw Matt Kruzel was given the ball to start the nightcap of the double header against Cuyahoga. In the bottom half of the first inning, Jon Lowe tripled to right center followed by an AJ Kruzel walk. Austin Downing then lifted a Sacrifice fly to right field scoring Jon Lowe. Sullivan walked to set up a first and second opportunity for Paul Wilson who scored AJ Kruzel from second when Wilson reached on error with two away. With Tyler Raymond at the plate, Wilson took off for second base, the throw hit Wilson and caromed into the outfield as Sullivan scored and Wilson headed to third. The first offensive volley for Sinclair resulted in a 3-0 lead over Cuyahoga. Nick McGill started off the bottom of the second inning with a quick base on balls. Alex Delk singled to center as McGill sprinted to third. With men on first and third with nobody out, Jon Lowe singled over the third basemen’s head, scoring McGill and sending Delk to second. After two innings, Sinclair held the lead at 4-0. Cuyahoga tacked on a run in the top of the third to cut into the Sinclair lead, 4-1. Paul Wilson walked to start the bottom of the third. Tyler Raymond executed a sacrifice bunt which moved Wilson to second. With two away, Alex Delk drew a walk. With two away and men on first and second, Jon Lowe came through yet again with a single to right, making the score 5-1 Tartans. Second and third, two away and AJ Kruzel at the plate, Sinclair added two more runs when Kruzel singled up the box scoring both Delk and Lowe making the lead 7-1. In the top of the fourth Cuyahoga added another run making the score 7-2 Sinclair. Lance Straley was hit by the pitch to start the bottom of the fourth inning. Paul Wilson showed bunt but slashed a deep fly ball to left centerfield which fell not 20 feet from the wall for a double, scoring Straley. Nick McGill singled to left to set up a first and third scoring opportunity with just one out for Alex Delk. Sinclair shocked the Tri-C defense with a double steal which scored Paul Wilson and awarded McGill second base. Delk drew a walk as did Jon Lowe. The bases were loaded and two away for the Pride of Middletown, Austin Downing. Sure enough, with a 1-1 count, Downing whacked a single up the middle of the field, bringing home two tartans. The bottom half of the fourth inning mercifully ended eventually, but not until Sinclair increased their lead over Cuyahoga to 11-2. Nick McGill wasted no time getting the offense rolling in the bottom of the sixth, stroking the first pitch to leftfield for a leadoff single. Delk grounded to third which advanced McGill to second. McGill took third on a wild pitch and scored the winning run when Jon Lowe lifted a fly ball to centerfield for a sacrifice fly. Kruzel dominated during his time on the mound surrendering two earned runs over five innings while fanning twelve. Shea came into relief for Kruzel pitching the top half of the sixth and final frame of the game, not allowing a single baserunner.

Final Score: Sinclair 12 Cuyahoga 2

WP- Matt Kruzel 5IP 3H 2R 2ER 5BB 12K’s

Offensive Leaders- Jon Lowe 3-3 2R 3RBI BB, AJ Kruzel 1-2 1R 2RBI BB, Austin Downing 1-1 3RBI BB, Paul Wilson 2-3, 2R RBI BB, Nick McGill 2-3 3R BB