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Baseball: Linsly Pounds Brooke

Cadets strike early and often

May 5, 2012
By JIM ELLIOTT - Staff Writer ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING -Brooke coach Ron Ujcich sensed his guys weren't all the way there mentally Friday at Linsly, one night after winning in walk-off fashion against a good Oak Glen team on Senior Night.

It never takes the Cadets (23-5) long to smell blood in the water.

Each of the first six Linsly batters reached base and wound up scoring as the Cadets scored early and often in a 14-4 victory against a Bruins team (14-15) that is still in search of its first winning season since the first year Bill Clinton was in the White House.

''That first inning hurt us,'' Ujcich said. ''They had a couple of good hits there; they're a good hitting team. We get down and like any typical high school team, you get down on yourself and you stay down. ''

Here's how that broke down: Dillon Williams led off with a double ahead of a walk to Haydon Stanley and a screaming, two-run double by Alex Stephens. Leighton Gibson ripped the next pitch to right-center for a two-run homer ahead of back-to-back walks Brooke pitcher Aaron Walker issued to Michael Joseph and Neil Tennant.

Jameson Murray brought Joseph home on a groundout to second and the last run scored when Jimmy Brinsky reached on a strikeout.

''He got mad at himself, and he was trying to rush through his motion too much,'' Ujcich said of Walker. ''We tried to talk to him about being smooth on his delivery. A lot of it was him trying to rush, and his arm was behind and he couldn't get it caught up and he was leaving a lot of pitches high and getting behind a good hitting team.

''You have to get ahead and work ahead because if you don't do that, now they're looking for the pitch that's coming and they were hitting.''

Brooke got two back in the second on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Kellen Welch and David Hardisty before Linsly scored two more in the second on a two-run homer by Joseph.

''We battled back a little bit, did some things right,'' Ujcich said. ''But once again, we left too many guys on base (five). A few base hits early on when we had the bases loaded and it changes the tempo of the game, it changes our attitude and our approach to the game.''

The Cadets are known to put up crooked numbers and they were back at it with four more in the fifth, the key hits being an RBI bunt single by Murray, an RBI double by Brinsky, and an RBI base hits by Williams and Stephens.

''These guys are veteran guys,'' Linsly coach Jay Cartwright said. ''They've worked on their swings. They're disciplined, they don't swing at a lot of bad pitches. If you can do that in high school, swing at the ones that are there, I think that's the key. They have good swings and the ball jumps.''

The Cadets finished it off with two more in the sixth, with Brinsky working a bases-loaded walk and Williams sending everyone home with a walk-off single.

That made a winner out of Arien Seymour, who struck out six and walked five.

''He has been solid, but I don't think it was his best outing,'' Cartwright said of Seymour. ''He was behind the count a lot and that's a good-hitting club, especially at the top of the lineup, there are some good sticks. He's going to be a real good one for us.''

The Cadets close their season today with a doubleheader at Mercersburg Academy. Brooke, which rested veteran catcher Nick Breen, using him as a designated hitter, is gearing to play host to the W.Va. Class AAA, Region One, Section One Tournament, which begins Monday.

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