Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pair of big blasts leads McIntosh to 5-2 win over Starr’s Mill


By Jimmie Haywood

Trey Walters is greeted at the plate by his teammates after his solo home run. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

McIntosh’s 5-2 victory over visiting Starr’s Mill on Thursday helped the Chiefs sweep the season series against the Panthers for the very first time.
After Starr’s Mill took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, McIntosh responded by touching up Panthers pitcher Adam Goodman in the bottom of the second to the tune of three runs to take the lead. The Chiefs added two more runs in the bottom of the third and relied on steady pitching from Tre Hudak and superb defense to hold Starr’s Mill at bay.
“Hudak did a good job and gutted it out and our guys hit the ball well,” said McIntosh coach Brad Campbell, whose team improved to 14-4 overall. “I’m pleased about this game, I just wish we hadn’t gave a couple of games away during the year then we would be in the playoffs, but you never know. We still have a shot at it.”
Despite coming away with the loss, Goodman was locked in for the majority of game for the Starr's Mill as he allowed six hits with 10 strikeouts in six innings of work. Hudak pitched the entire game and gave up just three hits and recorded three strikeouts.
Starr’s Mill’s scored first, but left key runs on the bases. Singles by Seth White and Kyle Moseley and an infield single by Joe Gruszka loaded the bases with just one out. Adam Weisheit stepped up and roped a two RBI before things unraveled on the basepaths. The two runs scored, but two runners would be caught in rundowns and tagged out on the play to kill the rally.
McIntosh quickly built on that momentum in the bottom half of the frame. Trey Walters and Duke Kinamon walks bookended a Charlie Goedtke single to load the bases with no outs. Dane Bullock got plunked by a pitch to plate the first run. Tyler Mowry followed with a bloop single to score two runs and put the Chiefs ahead to stay at 3-2.
The Chiefs muscled up in the third inning with a pair of solo bombs. Trey Walters went first, crushing one over the left field wall. Two batters later, Duke Kinamon planted one in almost the exact same spot to stake the Chiefs to a The loss dropped Starr’s Mill to 19-4 overall, while the win keeps McIntosh’s playoff hope alive although their chances of making a postseason berth are slim. The Panthers have already sealed up a playoff spot and will host in round one.


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