Linsly Bests Bishop Donahue In Baseball Opener, 5-2
Cadets score all of their runs in 1st inning
WHEELING — With all the bad weather, the Linsly baseball team was itching to get on the field and see live pitching.
That was bad news for Bishop Donahue.
Linsly scored all of its runs in the first inning and earned a 5-2 season-opening victory against the Bishops on Monday at Holloway Field.
“Glad to open with a win, for sure,” Linsly coach Jay Cartwright said. “Bishop Donahue always plays us tough. They always pitch well, hit well and it is always a good game. We put a few more guys on than I would have liked and our pitchers struggled with control, but it is early.
“We got in jams and out of jams. You can live with it if you are getting that third out, but it is dangerous business.”
The Giovengo boys are at the top of the order for Cartwright and all three got on base to open the bottom of the first.
Jules Giovengo was hit by a pitch, Vic Giovengo reached on an infield single and Gage Giovengo plated the first run with a single to left.
Bishop Donahue was able to get the next two batters out, but consecutive RBI singles by Frank Favede and Jon Milton made the score 3-0 and chased Bishops starter Doug Clark.
Dustin Beazel came on and walked the first batter he faced before giving up an Eli Petho single up the middle for two more runs.
With the way Favede was pitching, a 5-0 lead looked to be all the Cadets were going to need. And while it was, Bishop Donahue had its chances.
The Bishops managed just four hits, but left 13 base-runners on.
Favede struck out four, but was a little wild at times, walking four and also hitting two batters. Still, the senior right-hander earned a victory, going five innings.
“He threw really well and had a lot on the ball,” Cartwright said. “I liked the way he competed. He got into jams, he got of them, making the pitches he needed to make in tight situations.
“That is going to pay off for him later in the season. Sometimes you have an easy first outing and the next time out, you get in a bind and you haven’t been there. Getting out of those jams (Monday) will benefit him going forward.”
Bishop Donahue managed to finally get on the board with an RBI single from Harrison Nick in the fifth. The Bishops added another in the sixth when John Stocklaske was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded off Cadets reliever Milton.
Both innings Bishop Donahue had the bases loaded — as well as the third inning — before making a third out.
Despite the early hole, the Bishops were able to stay in the game behind a solid outing from Beazel.
The junior struck out three and limited the Cadets to two hits and four baserunners in the final five innings.
“Take that first inning out of it when they scored five,” Bishop Donahue coach Bob Kleeh said. “(Beazel) came in from left field and we knew he had it in him. We may have found another gem here. He did a nice job. He has the skills and talent, we just have to get him mentally prepared.
“(Leaving runners on) was a big story last year. We won 19 games doing what we did (Monday) with the pitching being solid so we can overcome that. We have to get stronger at the plate and hopefully we start hitting the baseball and touching the plate a little bit more. We had the chances, we just didn’t get it done.”