Madonna drops to 8-8 after 10-5 loss to Linsly

WEIRTON – The Madonna hitters had trouble figuring out the sidearm deliveries from Linsly right hander, Jameson Murray, Monday night and came out on the wrong end of a 10-5 score at Bowman Field.

The Cadet junior allowed just one single to the Blue Dons (8-8) through the four innings he pitched. Lefty Ariens Seymour finished the game for the Cadets yielding two runs and two hits in the bottom of the seventh, but it was too little too late for the Blue Dons.

“I think we struck out 10 times in the game and had just one hit till the seventh,” said Blue Don coach, T. J. Brancazio. “You’re not going to win many games doing that. Linsly is a good team and if you’re not hitting the ball, they are really tough.”

Linsly was recording its 16th victory in 18 starts and pounded out 11 hits.

“We’re a young team playing well so it has been a fun season,” said Cadet coach, Larry Cartwright. “We played good defense, had some timely hitting and ran the bases well. Murray wasn’t real sharp tonight.

“He walked a lot of batters, but he worked his way out of some jams, but he threw a lot of pitches, too so we had to take him out in the fifth inning.”

Madonna jumped out in front in the bottom of the first with two runs. Murray walked the first two batters he faced and Luca Fuscardo rapped a single to left to plate one of the runs. It turned out to be the only hit Murray would give up.

The Blue Dons scratched out another run in the fourth inning when Tory Fuscardo walked, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a fielders choice.

Besides Fuscardo’s first inning single, Will Bowser smashed a double to plate a Blue Don run in the bottom of the seventh and designated hitter, Vince Merico, followed with an RBI single.

Bowser was the Madonna starter, He hurled five innings and gave up eight runs and eight hits. Sophomore Kaleb Baire pitched the final two frames giving up two runs and two hits.