Parker Munday was flat-out dominant Thursday afternoon as the Kenston Bombers (18-12) took down Gilmour Academy (21-6) 4-2. The senior starting pitcher hurled a complete game gem, striking out 14 and allowing just three hits. To help his cause, Munday went 1-2 at the plate with two runs scored.
Lancers Strike First
Though both teams would see runners reach base in the first, Gilmour Academy would make the most of their second-inning opportunity. Tommy Moe led off the inning with a single to right and walks to Nicky Lasecki and Jake Kavcic loaded the bases for the Lancers. Moe would come around to score on a Tommy McCrone RBI, but Lasecki got thrown out at third on the play to end the threat.
In the home half of the second, the Bombers struck right back. After Munday hit a one-out single to center and Nikko Georgiou doubled, Bridger Bischof hit an RBI single to tie things up at 1-1. Both Georgiou and Bischof would come around to score on a throwing error, making it 3-1 Kenston after two.
Munday Settles In
Despite striking out five in the first two innings, Gilmour Academy was able to get to the Kenston starter a bit. From the third inning on, it was Munday’s game, striking out nine across the final four frames and only allowing a lone hit.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bombers threatened again. After Munday drew a one-out walk, Gergiou hit his second double of the game, and after a dropped strike three to Bischof, Kenston had the bases loaded. Grant Beclay laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to score Munday and put the Bombers up 4-1.
In the top of the seventh, Jake Kavcic would draw a one-out walk and come around to score on a throwing error to bring the Lancers closer at 4-2. Unfortunately for Gilmour Academy, Munday would come through with a big strikeout to end the game.
With the win, Kenston finds itself just two games away from playing for a state championship. Up next for the Bombers is a regional championship showdown with Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (15-11). The Lions advanced to the championship game with a 6-4 victory over Field (23-8). The first pitch is scheduled for 5 pm at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton.
Tommy Moe: 1-3 R
Tommy McCrone: 1-4 RBI
Will Kay: 6 IP 7 H 1 BB 4 K 2 ER
Parker Munday: 7 IP 3 H 6 BB 14 K 1 ER 1-2 2 R
Nikko Georgiou: 2-3 2 2B 1 R
Drew McKenna: 2-3 SB
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