Green Hope Falcons Varsity Baseball: Game Summaries

Friday, May 2
Falcons blank the Cougars 9-0

Matt Duckworth got the start for Green Hope in a conference game Friday night against the Apex Cougars at Green Hope High School. Duckworth (3-0) pitched four innings, giving up only two hits, striking out two and walking two and combined with Chris Joyner (2 IP, 0 H, 4 K, 2 BB) and Eric Gilbert (1 IP, 0 H, 1 K) to shutout the Cougars 9-0.

Following scoreless first, Apex had runners on first and second with two outs in the second but Duckworth struck out Beckwith to end the threat. Stephen Pitarra led off with a single to right, Matt Duckworth was hit by a pitch and Troy Maslowski lined a single to left to load the bases. Chris Tutwiler grounded into a double play scoring Pitarra to take a 1-0 lead.

Duckworth worked through a one-out walk in the third to retire the next two batters and protect the 1-0 lead. Vincent Addona led off the home half of the third by lining a single to center, Eric Gilbert followed with a single to left and Pitarra lined a single to left scoring Addona. Duckworth was hit by pitch for the second time ad Maslowski walked to force home Gilbert from third and take a 3-0 lead.

The Cougars got a single by Olive in the fourth but would leave him stranded and the Falcons would break it open with six runs to take a 9-0 lead. Sam Cohen walked and was sacrificed to second by Austen Jones, Addona and Gilbert walked to load the bases for Thomas Yoder, who lined a single to right scoring Cohen and Addona as Gilbert took third. Pitarra reached on an infield hit and Gilbert scored. Duckworth reached on a catcher’s interference, the second of the game and third in two nights. Maslowski lined a single to right scoring courtesy runner Eli Murrane and Pitarra. Batting for the second time in the inning, Cohen walked again to load the bases. Jones followed with a walk to score courtesy runner Nick West.

Chris Joyner came in relief to start the fifth and following a leadoff walk, retired the side in order. The Falcons went in order in the bottom of the inning. Joyner struck out two and walked one in the top of the sixth and the Cougars trailing 9-0. Eli Murrane reached on an infield hit in the bottom half and Cohen walked for the third time in the game but both were left stranded. Gilbert came in relief to start the seventh and retired the side in order to seal the 9-0 win for the Falcons.

Offensively, the Falcons were led by Stephen Pitarra (3-3, 2RBI, 2R), Troy Maslowski (2-2, 3RBI, BB), Thomas Yoder (1-3, 2RBI), Eric Gilbert (1-2, 2R, BB) & Vincent Addona (1-3, 2R, BB).

Thursday, May 1
Falcons clinch SWAC with a 6-2 win over Holly Springs

Michael Merryman was on the hill for Green Hope in a conference game Thursday night against the Holly Springs Golden Hawks at Holly Springs High School.  Merryman (8-1) gave up two runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking one in going the distance for the fourth time this season to pick up the win and clinch the SWAC conference title. Merryman struggled a little early to establish his breaking and off speed pitches but pitched to contact with his fastball and the defense did a great job of keeping runners off the bases and minimizing the damage.

Thomas Yoder and Stephen Pitarra reached on singles but were left stranded in the first inning and Holly Springs couldn’t capitalize on a RJ Arthur double and the inning ended with no score. Troy Maslowski led off the second with an infield hit, moved to second on a sac bunt by Chris Tutwiler and scored on line drive single to left by Austen Jones. Jones advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a line drive single to center by Vincent Addona. Eric Gilbert lined the next pitch to left-center but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double to end the inning with the Falcons up 2-0. Holly Springs got on the board in the bottom half on a walk to by Wantz and a double by George to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Falcons had a scoring opportunity in the third when Yoder led off by lining a double down the left field line but Pitarra’s liner back up the middle was snared by Hawks pitcher Alex Dunn, who fired to second to double up courtesy runner Eli Murrane. Merryman gave up a single but held the Hawks scoreless in the home half. Following a scoreless fourth for the Falcons, the Hawks tied it at two on a double by Hughes, an infield hit by Wantz and a double play grounder by Willadson.

The Falcons pulled away in the fifth when following two quick outs, Yoder lined a single to right, Pitarra walked and Matt Duckworth reached on a catcher’s interference to load the bases. Troy Maslowski singled to center scoring Murrane and Pitarra. Chris Tutwiler turned a seven pitch at-bat into a line drive single off the glove of second baseman George scoring Duckworth to take a 5-2 lead. Merryman began to settle into a groove as he retired the Hawks in order on nine pitches following a leadoff single by Duncan.

The score remained 5-2 through six and Pitarra led off the seventh by lining a single to right and scoring on a double over the centerfielder’s head by Maslowski to go up 6-2. Merryman finished strong as he retired nine consecutive batters to prevent any chance of a Hawks comeback and seal the win for the Falcons.

Offensively, the Falcons were led by Troy Maslowski (3-4, 2B, 3RBI, R), Thomas Yoder (3-4, 2B), Chris Tutwiler (2-3, RBI), Austen Jones (2-3, RBI, R), Stephen Pitarra (2-3, 2R, BB) & Vincent Addona (1-3, RBI).

Monday, April 28
Falcons cruise to 7-0 win over Athens Drive

Tuesday, April 22
Falcons beat Fuquay-Varina 12-8 behind Thomas Yoder's 2 HR, 6 RBI effort

Monday, April 21
Falcons beat Wake County Homeschool 7-3

Friday, April 18
Falcons beat Roxboro CHS 10-0 in five innings

Thursday, April 17
Falcons come back to beat Middle Creek 6-3

Wednesday, April 16
Falcons cruise to 9-1 win over Cary

Friday, April 11
Falcons drop 1-0 game to Panther Creek

Wednesday, April 9
Falcons edge Fuquay-Varina 2-1 behind Maslowski's gem

Saturday, April 5
Falcons win Bobby Murray Invitational with a 5-2 victory over South Granville

Friday, April 4
Falcons win second round game of Bobby Murray Invitational 1-0 over Millbrook

Thursday, April 3
Falcons open Bobby Murray Invitational with a 6-1 win over Broughton

Thursday, March 27
Falcons break open close game en route to 10-3 win over Apex

Monday, March 24
Falcons beat Holly Springs 4-2 behind complete game by Troy Maslowski

Friday, March 21
Falcons hold on to beat Athens Drive, 8-4

Friday, March 14
Falcons put together a solid team effort in a 10-2 win over Middle Creek

Wednesday, March 12
Falcons take early lead en route to a 11-1 victory over Enloe in 4-1/2 innings

Tuesday, March 11
Falcons score in bunches en route to a 14-3 victory over Cary in 4-1/2 innings

Thursday, March 6
Teams brave the elements en route to a no-hit, 7-1 victory by the Falcons over Northern Durham

Friday, February 28
Falcons cruise past Durham Jordan, 8-1

Wednesday, February 26
Falcons fall to Cardinal Gibbons in opener, 5-2