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BASEBALL: Tigers Rout Big Reds, 8-2

Timely hitting leads Shadyside to victory

April 3, 2013
By SETH STASKEY, For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BELLAIRE - Shadyside received timely hit after timely hit and ran away from Bellaire for a 8-2 victory at Chase Field.

"We did the same thing in our win against John Marshall (last Saturday)," Tigers' skipper Mike Meintel said. "We didn't get a lot of hits, but we put a few together when we needed them."

On top of the timely hitting, Shadyside (2-1) ran the bases well, committed two errors, and received solid starting and relief pitching.

"We keep preaching to our kids that they have the makings of a good team," Meintel said. "They have to believe in themselves. I thought we played very fundamentally sound and we came out swinging."

Bellaire (2-2) was never able to string together a really big inning as Shadyside Austin Dorris was strong early and southpaw Jared Brooks came on in the fifth to nail down the save.

"We had a couple of opportunities, but we didn't do much with them," Bellaire coach John Patrone said. "They had guys all over the bases and made us pay. You can't give good teams two and three extra outs per inning and you can't give them base runners with free passes."

Leading 1-0 after two innings, Shadyside blew the game open with a three-run third. Chase Kinemond doubled, Cody Hudson reached on an error and Dorris walked to load the bases.

Meintel dug into his bag of tricks and called for the speedy Kinemond to break for home.

The ball skipped away from the Bellaire catcher and Kinemond scored without a play.

Patrone went to his pen and lifted starting pitcher Hunter Westlake in favor of Nathan Steele. He fanned the first batter he saw, but walked Brooks, then plunked Luke Nardo, forcing Hudson home.

Dorris was driven home on a sacrifice fly to left by Cole Crow, making it 4-0. Dorris drove in Kinemond with a base hit in the fourth and Kinemond plated Zak Frizzi in the fifth.

The Big Reds got to Dorris in the fifth. Tyler West singled to start the inning and Abay Horvath drew a walk. West eventually scored on a throwing error and Horvath was driven in by Dalton Conroy.

However, Brooks was able to get out of the inning without further damage.

Shadyside added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. Kinemond, who was on base in all five of his at-bats, scored on a slicing triple down the right-field line by Hudson.

"Chase and Cody are really swinging the bat well right now," Meintel said. "It's just like football with those two guys leading the way again."

Kinemond, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, scored three runs, had a double, single and RBI, swiped two bases. Hudson also had a single to go along with his triple.

Dorris, who drove in two runs, earned the victory on the bump. He fanned only one, allowed four hits and he walked one. Plus, he plunked a hitter.

Bellaire's offense was led by Steele's two singles. Junior standout Nick Patrone also had a base hit.

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