Red Knights capitalize on Crusader miscues, win 17-2
TORONTO — A couple of big innings and some solid pitching lifted once-beaten Toronto to a 17-2 victory over Catholic Central Wednesday at the Knights Baseball Complex.
The Red Knights (7-1) scored twice in the home half of the first. Dom Bouscher led off with a double to left. Avery Wiegand delivered a run-scoring single. He advanced when Chris Parker drew a walk and scored on Brycen Miller’s fly to center.
Central starter Andrew Dorsey walked Brant Reeves to start the second but quickly retired the next two Toronto hitters. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, an error on a fly ball opened the floodgates.
The hosts would plate six runs (all unearned) in the frame and never look back. Central was guilty of three errors during the scoring rally.
Brian Perkins’ club would add eight more runs in the third on its way to the mercy-rule win. During the second and third, Toronto put 25 batters to the plate, had six hits and took full advantage of six walks.
“Offensively, I thought we had great at-bats,” Perkins said. “We waited to get good pitches, and when we got on base, we were able to capitalize and take advantage of some situations.
“In baseball, little things matter, and we preach that to our guys. We look to always be aggressive and put some pressure on the other team. (Wednesday), it all worked out for us.”
Evan Wolter collected the pitching win for Toronto. He went three innings, surrendering just three hits and allowing a run. Blake Close took over in the fourth and recorded three strikeouts.
Central put a little pressure on Wolter in the first, as Ryan Anderson started the game with a sharp single to left. Alex Solema then walked, but Wolter settled in and retired the next three batters.
“I thought Evan did a great job of settling down on the mound in the first inning,” Perkins said. “He threw really well for us when he was out there. And, the guys played solid defense behind him.”
“That has kind of been the story for us the last week or so,” first-year Central coach Aaron Henderson said. “We have been struggling offensively, so we were actually trying to manufacture a couple of runs early. We had the opportunity, but it just didn’t work out.”
Dorsey was tagged with the pitching loss. Tate McKenna and Nate Stark followed Dorsey to the hill.
Wiegand paced the Red Knights at the plate with three singles and two RBIs. Bouscher added a single in the third. Miller, Wolter and Reeves had Toronto’s other hits.
Anderson had two singles for the Crusaders, who fell to 3-7. Stark doubled, while Jacob Kissinger delivered a run-scoring single in the third. Brayden Rauch also singled
“If we don’t have the three errors in the second, we are sitting in a 2-1 ballgame in the third inning, and it’s a while different story from there,” Henderson said. “Toronto is a good team, and they are always going to take advantage of mistakes. Brian always has his team ready to play.
“We were just not crisp and sharp (Wednesday) where we needed to be. I know our guys will continue to work hard and improve.”
Central: Tentatively visits Wheeling Central today before hosting Brooke under the lights at Vaccaro Field Friday.
“We have two more opportunities this week,” Henderson said. “That is what we have to focus on and go get it.”
Toronto: Tentatively travels to Oak Glen today with the first pitch at 5:30 p.m.
Toronto 17, Catholic Central 2
Central 0-0-1 0 1 — 2 6 3
Toronto 2-6-8 1-x — 17 8 2
CENTRAL (3-7): Dorsey (LP, 2IP, 10R 4ER, 6H, 4BB, 1K, 1HBP), McKenna (1/3IP, 6R, 6ER, 2H, 1BB, 3HBP), Stark (12/3IP, 1R, 1ER, 0H, 4BB, 3K) and J. Kissinger, Dorsey (3). Anderson 2S; Stark D; J. Kissinger S, RBI; Solema S; Rauch S.
TORONTO (7-1): Wolter (WP, 3IP, 1R, 1ER, 3H, 2BB, 1K), Close (2IP, 1R, 0ER, 3H, 3K, 1HBP) and Earley. Wiegand 3S, 2RBI; Bouscher D, S, RBI; Miller S, RBI; Wolter S, RBI; Reeves S, RBI; Leasure 2RBI; Matyas RBI; Parker RBI.