By: Chris Ginley
AVON, Ohio– Another windy day at Sprenger Stadium saw the St. Edward Eagles host the Green Wave of Holy Name. The Eagles looked to continue their winning ways, as they won three straight coming into this game after coming back from the Hanahan Invitational Tournament in Charleston, South Carolina.
Eagles starting pitcher, Asher Soltis, got off to a hot start in this game, as he struck out the side in the top of the first, the last on a nice breaking ball. Outside of a walk to St. Edward three-hitter, Mark Mohnickey, Holy Name starting pitcher Quinn Lynch made quick work of the Eagle hitters in the bottom of the first, earning a strikeout of his own.
Soltis had some trouble at the start of the second inning, allowing the first three Holy Name hitters on base via a single, fielders choice, and a hit by pitch, respectively. However, a strikeout and a heads up play by St. Edward catcher as he threw out Holy Name’s Evan McCarthy as he was trying to steal third to end the inning.
Lynch matched his counterpart Soltis by striking out the side in the bottom of the second, after allowing a walk and a stolen base to St. Edward left fielder Chris Elliot.
The wheels started to come off for Holy Name in the bottom of the third inning, as St. Edward centerfielder, Mackenzie Wainwright hit a double to deep left-center field for the first big hit in the game by either team to give St. Edward runners at second and third with no one out in the bottom of the third. Spencer Marinac came through and drove both of his teammates in with a double that was misplayed by Holy Name right fielder Evan McCarthy. In a rather less than stellar display of fielding, Holy Name had four errors in two consecutive St. Edward hitters via dropped balls and wild throws by the Holy Name fielders that largely contributed to the four runs that the Eagles scored in the bottom of the third. St. Edward head coach Matt Rosinski had this to say about the big inning, “it was good that our players executed with the windy and chilly conditions.”
For the second straight inning, St. Edward had their first two hitters reach base with no outs. After a pop out by Mackenzie Wainwright, Spencer Marinac got his second hit of the game via an excellent bunt single down the third base line that loaded the bases. Mohnickey’s second walk of the game increased the Eagles’ lead to 5-0. Spencer Crane cleared the bases with a deep triple to the left-center field gap that gave the Eagles their second straight inning with at least four runs and increased the lead to 8-0. A single by Chris Elliot increased the lead to 9-0.
St. Edward shortstop Zach Maxey committed two errors that led to Holy Name loading the bases with no one out in the top of the fifth as the Namers tried to start a rally. However, Soltis settled down and made quick work of the top of Holy Names’ order, setting them down 1-2-3 to get out of the jam.
Holy Name’s pitching issues continued in the bottom of the fifth, as three walks loaded the bases for the Eagles. Dan Wimsett, who came on in relief of starter Lynch, got out of the jam, getting St. Edward power hitter Crane to fly to center field to end the inning.
A double by John Sherman gave the Eagles a chance to add to their lead in the bottom of the sixth. However, Sherman stole third and advanced to home via a throwing error by Holy Name catcher Ryan Byrne. The run ended the game via mercy rule 10-0 Eagles.
A bright spot for Holy Name today was McCarthy, as he was the only Namer player to reach base in all of his at-bats today.
Rosinski also had this to say about the Eagles fourth win in a row, “we had four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth, so it was good that we executed and played hard.”
St. Edward had some role players produce in the big win. “Our chemistry is great. It was good to get our bench guys some playing time and have them execute as well,” said Rosinski.
With the win, St. Edward goes moves to 8-2. They will head to the Bob Cene tournament in Youngstown this upcoming weekend.
With the loss, Holy Name falls to 6-4. They will face Normandy tomorrow.