Fernandez leads patient Redskins over Wildcats
MINGO JUNCTION — Indian Creek rode stellar performances from its “Aidens” to a 6-2 victory over rival Edison Friday at the sun-splashed John Muth Recreational Complex.
Aiden Fernandez delivered a complete-game pitching performance, scattering five hits and allowing single runs (both unearned) in the first and sixth innings.
Aiden Orr got Creek’s offense going when he led off the home half of the first with a triple to deep right. He knocked home a run with a fourth-inning single and collected his second RBI in the fifth with a sacrifice fly.
“We have been playing very well lately,” Indian Creek coach Mike Cottis said. “We had a little bit of a letdown against Catholic Central the other day, so this is a nice way to bounce back.
“The kids came and worked hard at practice Thursday, and we were able to right the ship against an always-solid Edison team.”
Mike Collopy’s Wildcats struck first, as Eli Wilson singled to right, advanced on a Creek error and scored when Matt Parsons hit a grounder to short.
The lead, however, quickly disappeared. After Orr’s triple, Cam Franke smashed a double down the third-base line to knot the score. Franke put Creek ahead to stay, scoring on a Fernandez ground out.
Orr’s RBI made it 3-1 Creek after four. The Redskins took advantage of walks and two Edison errors to score three more in the fifth.
Parsons delivered a double to left in Edison’s sixth, moved up on Cam Cooley’s single and scored thanks to a Redskin throwing error.
Fernandez gave up a leadoff single to Parsons in the Edison fourth but retired the next three hitters to escape a possible threat. He finished with seven strikeouts and did not allow a walk.
“This is three really good outings for him,” Cottis said of his senior right-hander. “He has had command of all of his pitches, and his pitch count has been low even in a couple of complete games. He works very hard, so I am happy for him.
“We might have gotten out of here (Friday) with a shutdown, but our defense didn’t let the errors get to them. For the most part, we all made the routine plays.”
Collopy also had positive things to say about Fernandez.
“Aiden Fernandez is a good pitcher, and we knew that coming in,” he said. “We had a good game plan, but we just did not execute.
“I am not doing a very good job of coaching these guys right now. I need to a better job as far that goes as we move forward with the season.”
Blake Connelly was tagged with the pitching loss. He surrendered seven hits in four innings of work and whiffed four Creek hitters. He left in the fifth after allowing a leadoff walk. Ian McBane faced three batters before giving way to Isaac Zastudil.
“Our pitchers competed,” Collopy said. “Blake competed, and that was the first time Ian saw action on the mound. Isaac came in and competed really hard.
“The bottom line is you have to get two out of three phases going. We are struggling right now to get two and sometimes even one. We as coaches must do a better job so our team can go out and execute a little better.”
Creek, now 5-3, finished with eight hits. Nikolai Gryskevich joined Orr in the two hit-club by delivering a pair of singles. Franke, David Ferroni, Connor Shultz and Jacob Wright accounted for the other four.
“A lot of people, myself included, forget he (Orr) is a sophomore,” Cottis said. “He plays like a seasoned veteran. He came up and gave us a huge spark in the first inning and also played some really good defense.”
For Edison, who fell to 2-6, Parsons had a double and a single, while Wilson singled twice. Cooley had the other safety.
The rivals tentatively are scheduled to meet again Monday on the Wildcats’ home field.
Indian Creek 6, Edison 2
Edison 1-0-0 0-0-1 0 — 2 5 3
Creek 2-0-0 1-3-0 x — 6 8 2
EDISON (2-6): Connelly (LP, 4IP, 3R, 3ER, 7H, 2BB, 4K and 1HB), McBane (0IP, 3R, 1ER, 0H, 2BB), Zastudil (2IP, 0R, 1H, 1K, 1HB0 and Wilson. Parsons D, S; Wilson 2S; Cooley S.
INDIAN CREEK (5-3): Fernandez (WP, 7IP, 2R, 0ER, 5H, 7K) and Ferroni. Orr T, S, 2RBIs; Gryskevich 2S; Franke D, RBI; Ferroni S; Shultz S; Wright S; Fernandez RBI.