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City Baseball Series

May 9, 2017

Andrew Fiaush hasn’t gotten a lot of chances as a starting pitcher for the Sacred Heart-Griffin High School baseball team, but he got one Monday in the first game of the City Series at Robin Roberts Stadium against Lanphier.

The senior right-hander made the most of his opportunity.

Fiaush earned his first victory of the season and helped the Cyclones clinch at least a tie for the city title with a complete-game four-hit shutout in a 13-0 SHG win.

“Today I just tried to pound the zone, let them hit the ball, let the defense make plays behind me,” said Fiaush, who threw just 49 pitches, 35 of them strikes. He was helped by three double plays – one in each of the first three innings – and an offense that capitalized on 11 hits, six walks and two hit basemen.

Sacred Heart-Griffin, 21-4 overall, 12-2 in the Central State Eight Conference and 4-0 in the City Series, got 19 different players into the game. Ten different players had at least one hit and 11 different players scored runs.

“It is fun to be able to do that,” SHG coach Mike Eck said. “You like those close, competitive games, but being able to get everybody in is just as important.”

“I love seeing guys get at-bats and seeing what they can do with the stick in their hands, trying to do some damage,” Fiaush said.

SHG scored four times in the second inning on run-scoring doubles by Garret Vance, Noah Crowe and Michael Healey and an RBI triple by Jack O’Connor. The Cyclones got four more runs in the third – Matt Eberding’s two-run single was the big hit in the inning – three in the fourth and two in the fifth.

“The last several games up and down the order we’ve been hitting well,” Eck said. “A lot of guys coming off the bench are doing the job. I like where we’re at. Guys are hungry, and when they get a chance they’re coming through.

Because of a forecast for rain Wednesday, the City Series will be played at two locations today. SHG and Southeast will play a doubleheader at Lincoln Land Community College beginning at 4:15 p.m., and Springfield High and Lanphier will play two at Robin Roberts Stadium.

That decision means Lanphier will play five games in four days. It also meant that Lions coach Danny Midiri had to leave Monday’s starter Brandon Buckman in longer than he might have ordinarily. Buckman was charged with 11 runs, eight of them earned.

“We weren’t exactly thrilled to hear we’re going to play two tomorrow,” Midiri said. “So our pitching situation is a little bit thin.

“We had our first doubleheader of the year on Saturday. We tried to plan ahead, but the weather’s not really cooperating with us.

“We told Buck we were going to ride him. He threw well. They obviously hit him. But he did what a senior is supposed to do. He went in there and he gave us a chance.”

Chad Saner singled with one out in the Lanphier first, but he was wiped out when Tyler Palmer grounded into a third-to-second-to-first double play. Tyler Tomko singled and Chase Compston reached on an error in the second, but the Cyclones got out of trouble when Jake Shea fielded Bishop Forman’s grounder, stepped on third and threw to first for the double play.

And after Jake Parker reached on an error in the third, he was doubled off first on Jake McLean’s hit-and-run popup.

“Killer,” Midiri said of the three double plays. “A couple of those were hard-hit balls.

We’re not going to fault the kids for being aggressive.”

Taken from the sj-r.com