Monday, April 1

By Brendan Loiacono

Pride Pitching Shines in Game One

There was not a cloud in the sky when Craig Koehler toed the rubber for the Tartan Pride. Sinclair donned their new grey uniforms against Cuyahoga in a Saturday double header at sunny gradys field in Xenia, Ohio. In the bottom of the third inning, Nick McGill beat out an infield single to lead off the frame. Two batters later, Alex Delk worked a one out walk to set the table for centerfielder Jonny Lowe. Lowe singled but McGill was gunned down at home plate by the Tri-C right fielder for the second out. AJ Kruzel then walked to load the bases for Austin Downing, who singled in Delk to take a 1-0 lead. Matt Sullivan followed by tripling to right field, clearing the bases and adding three more runs to the lead 4-0. Cuyahoga’s bats came alive in the sixth when they plated two runs and ending Koehler’s time on the mound with the score still in Sinclair’s favor 4-2. Koehler was dominate in game one of Saturdays double header, pitching five and two thirds innings surrendering two earned runs while striking out six. Stephen Holland made an appearance on the mound when Koehler was lifted. Holland recorded the last 4 outs of the game holding the Tri-C offense in check and earned the save for the Pride.

Final Score: Sinclair 4 Cuyahoga 2

WP: Craig Koehler (3-1) 5.2IP 4H 2R 2ER 1BB 6K’s

SV: Stephen Holland 1.1 IP, 2K’S

Offensive Leaders- Austin Downing 1-3 R RBI, Matt Sullivan 1-3 3B 3RBI, Nick McGill 2-3

Sinclair Falls in Game Two Despite Big Fourth Inning

Game two of Saturday’s double header was a mutual stalemate until Cuyahoga put a run on the board in their half of the second frame and took a 1-0 lead. Cuyahoga then added 3 more runs in the top of the third to make the score 4-0. The deficit that Sinclair faced grew even larger in the fourth as Cuyahoga added three more runs bringing the score to 7-0. AJ Kruzel kicked off the bottom of the fourth inning with a flare single to shallow left field. Third basemen Austin Downing then singled over the shortstop’s head to set up a first and second opportunity for sophomore Matt Sullivan and nobody out. Sullivan loaded the bases with an infield single and Lance Straley followed that up with a fielder’s choice to score the first run of the game for Sinclair. Paul Wilson also reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second as Sullivan scored during McGill’s at bat when a passed ball got by the Tri-C catcher. McGill ended up singling to left field advancing Wilson to third. With two away and runners at the corners, Tyler Raymond smokes a line drive to left field for a single scoring Wilson. With runners at second and third, Delk reaches on error which scored McGill. Lowe joined the hit parade with a single to right, plating Raymond, making it a 7-5 contest in favor of Cuyahoga. Runs seemed to be in great supply as Cuyahoga added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning, making the lead even bigger 9-5 going into the last half of the frame. The five run outburst in the fourth inning proved to be all the Pride bats could conjure as they fell to Cuyahoga in the nightcap. Pena was on the mound to start game two for the pride, but struggled only lasting two and a third innings and surrendered four runs, two of which were earned and walked three. Although he struck out five batters, Scott Haag did not fare very well either when he came into relief of Pena, going three and two thirds frames allowing four runs, all of which were earned, to cross home. Freshman Nathan Helke finished off the game for Sinclair, pitching one inning and giving up an unearned run.

Final Score: Cuyahoga 9 Sinclair 5

LP: Carlos Pena (1-3) 2.1IP 4H 4R 2ER 3BB 1K

Offensive Leaders: Austin Downing 2-4, Lance Straley 1-3 RBI, Tyler Raymond 1-3 R RBI