Toronto blanks Indian Creek

TORONTO – Jarin McIntosh, Toronto’s senior righthanded ace, pitched a gem Monday night and got some late support from his mates to record a 4-0 victory over Indian Creek at the Knight Baseball Complex.

McIntosh, who struck out 10 while walking just one, was in complete control throughout the game that was delayed 32 minutes in the bottom of the fourth inning because of lightning. He limited the Redskins bats to just four hits.

“Mac is starting to get his innings in,” said victorious coach Brian Perkins, whose team extended its record to 11-9. “As you know, he had to sit out early in the season, but he is starting to build his arm strength up and I was very encouraged by the way he finished up today.”

McIntosh struck out the side in the second and fifth innings and had five straight punchouts in the fifth and sixth innings.

It took the Red Knights a while to get to the strong right hand slants of Indian Creek junior Cole Yeater, but when they did they struck in a hurry.

Catcher Bill Solomon opened the bottom of the fifth inning with Toronto’s first hit, a line single to center field. He went to second when Yeater threw the ball away in an attempt to pick him off first base and scored as Tyler Antinone followed with another liner to center.

Ryan Cline singled sharply down the left field line to make it three hits in a row. Antinone went to third and Cline eased into second on a wild pitch to set up freshman Dan Zdinak’s two-RBI shot to right field. Zdinak later scored when Nate Stewart cleaned it up with an RBI double into the left field corner.

“Yeater pitched a nice game keeping our hitters off balance, but we were able to make some adjustments to it there in the fifth inning and put up some runs,” Perkins continued.

That was all McIntosh needed as he breezed through the sixth and seventh inning to finish strong.

“Jarin threw a lot of strikes today and our fielders made play behind him,” Perkins said. “Whenever you’re throwing strikes and not walking batters, that allows your defense to stay into the game and remain focused ready to make plays. That was the case today.”

Indian Creek coach Mike Cottis was pleased with his team, which was coming off a win last Saturday over Buckeye Local.

“We’re playing better ball than we were earlier,” said the veteran Indian Creek coach, who saw his team record drop to 3-14. “If we could have played like this all season, we’d have a better record than we do. Hopefully, it will carry over to the rest of the games in the regular season this week and the upcoming tournament.

“Our kids played a spirited game, but you have to take your hat off to McIntosh. He was around the zone all night. We hit a few balls right on the nose, but they went right at the them and they made the plays.

“Overall I thought it was a good game. Cole (Yeater) threw real well and Anthony (Krager) came in and did a good job in relief. We just couldn’t get the big hits when we needed them.”

Yeater took the loss, giving up the four runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked two.

“Cole has pitched well for us all year,” continued Cottis. “They had the one inning where they put together some hits. You have to give them credit, but Cole didn’t get rattled. He kept battling. He has grown up a lot this year as a pitcher.”

It was the bottom of the Toronto batting order that did most of the damage against him. The batters in the fifth, six, seventh and ninth spots in the lineup got four of the five hits.

Solomon reached base all three times he went to the plate with his single and two walks. He scored what proved to be the winning run.

The Red Knights travel across the Ohio River to play one of the better teams in the OVAC in Madonna at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ed Bowman Field. The Redskins stay on the road today with a game at Cambridge.