Gar­rett pitches Ea­gles past In­di­ans

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Joseph Gar­rett eyed a no-hit­ter as he took the mound in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning.

The right-handed pitcher for Bo­hemia Manor al­lowed his first hit and only run in the fi­nal in­ning of Mon­day’s Susque­hanna Divi­sion meet­ing with host North East, but struck out the fi­nal two bat­ters he faced to es­cape a bases-loaded jam and seal a 5-1 vic­tory for the Ea­gles.

“The last in­ning was a lit­tle frus­trat­ing. I just had to keep my com­po­sure and hope my de­fense would step up and help me like they did the whole game,” Gar­rett said. “My de­fense re­ally helped me out today. The of­fense hit the crap out of the ball. [North East] is a very good team, they hit balls where we weren’t and we made the plays that we could. I’m proud of my de­fense and my of­fense.”

He struck out six and walked three in his one-hit, one-run com­plete game ef­fort. Gar­rett called his slider “my go-to pitch today,” but said he re­lied heav­ily on the out­side fast­ball

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in the later in­nings.

“With good start­ing pitch­ing and good de­fense today we were able to squeak out with a win,” Ea­gles coach Gary John­son said. “Joe had some push today. He was def­i­nitely lo­cat­ing his fast­ball, so we were able to hit spots and pitch around some of these guys that we know have some big sticks on them. When you pitch around those guys and not let them get the meat of the bat on the ball, it al­lows us to pitch to con­tact and then our de­fense can make some plays on it. But yeah, he pitched a heck of a game.”

Bo Manor’s solid de­fense was high­lighted by a div­ing catch in left field by Dillon McFarland that ended the fifth in­ning.

“That’s what Dillon does,” John­son said. “His fun­da­men­tals are re­ally good. That’s some­thing we stress in prac­tice, how we ap­proach a ball, an­gles, di­rec­tion, foot­work, and he’s prob­a­bly one of my best out­field­ers with that.”

Gar­rett was es­pe­cially ap­pre­cia­tive of the catch.

“That div­ing catch right there saves a run,” he said, “and that run changes the whole game.”

The Ea­gles (4-0 over­all, 2-0 divi­sion) broke a score­less tie with four runs in the third in­ning. Gar­rett and third base­man Chase Jus­tice reached on a two-RBI sin­gle by Gage Walk­lett. Bryan Bell fol­lowed with a dou­ble to the right-cen­ter wall that drove in Josh Heath. Bell was driven in two bat­ters later by Tyler Fer­gu­son.

Fer­gu­son bat­ted in Walk­lett in the top of the sev­enth to add an in­surance run for Bo Manor.

Af­ter the In­di­ans’ first two bat­ters reached in the bot­tom of the frame, Colt Price smacked a dou­ble to the wall in cen­ter field that scored Eric Steele. North East would draw a walk to load the bases and bring the ty­ing run to the plate, but Gar­rett an­swered with a pair of strike­outs for the win.

“[Gar­rett] was around the plate the en­tire game. It wasn’t so much that we weren’t mak­ing con­tact, they made all the plays,” In­di­ans coach Kevin Brown said. “They made the plays and that was the dif­fer­ence in this game. The in­ning they scored four runs, Cameron [Blanke­ship] should’ve been out of that in­ning with about six pitches thrown. All four of those runs were un­earned. It’s a much closer game had we made the plays.”

Blanken­ship threw a com­plete game for North East (4-3, 1-2), al­low­ing six hits, strik­ing out five and just one walk.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Bo­hemia Manor pitcher Joseph Gar­rett pumps his fist af­ter record­ing the fi­nal strike­out dur­ing the Ea­gles’ 5-1 Susque­hanna Divi­sion win over host North East on Mon­day.

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