Stallions split doubleheader with Cardinals

Michael Ritch taking a lead off first base. (Ed Berti)
Stallion at-bat. (Ed Berti)
Jacob Beard at bat for the Stallions. (Ed Berti)
Bryce Gorospe tossing a strike. (Ed Berti)

Cardinals 3 – Stallions 13

The Stallions from Queens Grant High School continue to have another solid season under head coach Dan Kerr.  They played a key conference doubleheader against rival Union Academy away this past week and came out with a split.

The boys from Matthews in the opener jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead after two innings of baseball.  The Cardinals countered with 2 runs of their own off starter Bryce Gorospe in the third to cut the lead in half.  However, the Stallions bounced back with scoring 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning to increase their lead to 7-2.

In the fourth, the Stallions put this game completely out of reach scoring 4 runs on multiple hits including a 2 RBI double by Andy Duran to extend their lead to 11-2.  The Cardinals would scratch another earned run in the fifth off of Gorospe in his final inning on the mound for the day.

Cameron King would enter the game in relief, the sophomore would pitch two shutout innings, while giving up just one hit, accumulating three strikeouts on 28 pitches, and facing only 8 batters.

The Stallions would add two additional insurance runs to give themselves plenty of cushion to secure the 13-3 win on the road.

Andy Duran went 3-5 with 2 RBI’s and 2 doubles, Spencer Smith 3-4 and 2 RBI’s, Jacob Beard 2-4 and 2 RBI’s.  Starter Bryce Gorospe pitched 5 innings, allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits, 4 walks, and had 6 strikeouts.

Stallions 4 – Cardinals 6 

The Cardinals saved their top starter junior Drew Noblet to hopefully obtain an important conference win against the Stallions in the nightcap.  The strategy proved to be successful,  he was able to hold the boys off from Matthews after they jumped on him in the first two innings scoring 4 runs, of which 3 were earned runs.

The Stallions scored two runs in both the first and second innings on a combination of base hits, including doubles by Andy Duran and Cody Marsh.  However, they were not able to score another run in the baseball game as Noblet, and senior relief pitcher Hayden Gosnell would shutdown the Stallions offensively.  Gosnell would eventually pick up the win when the Cardinals would score the winning runs in the eighth inning.

Andy Duran went 2-4, Nick Kuebler 2-2 with an RBI, Jacob Beard 1-2, Cody Marsh 1-2, Michael Ritch 1-2, one RBI for the Stallions.  Meanwhile, Ritch pitched 3 innings allowing 1 hit, 5 walks and had 4 strikeouts while facing 14 batters.  Leo Hoffer tossed two innings, he was greeted with 7 hits and 4 earned runs.  Beard went one inning allowing just one hit.

Junior Andy Duran would pitch the seventh and eight innings.  He would take the loss giving up 2 earned runs on 38 pitches giving up 2 walks and striking out 4 batters. The Stallions are 12-5 overall, and 10-3 in the PAC 7 Conference.

Their next game during spring break will be Tuesday night away at Hartsville, South Carolina in a tournament, the first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 pm.

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Ed Berti
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