Lorman, Eagles allow one hit in win over Indians
— Two games. Two combined hits. Two wins.
Facing North East for the second time this season, the Bohemia Manor baseball team once again limited the Indians to just one hit as the host Eagles earned a 7-0 victory in Susquehanna Division baseball action on Wednesday.
Bo Manor starting pitcher Will Lorman lost his bid for
both a perfect game and a no-hitter in the fourth inning after he allowed a walk and a single to begin the frame, but the junior responded by retiring the next three batters in order to escape unscathed. He then twirled three more perfect innings to complete the contest.
Lorman became the second Eagles pitcher to toss a complete- game one-hitter against North East this season after his teammate, Joseph Garrett, limited the Indians to just one hit and three walks in a 5-1 victory on April 4.
“Really, three out of my four pitches were working heavy today. I was keeping them off balance and letting my defense do a lot of the work, too,” said Lorman, who struck out four. “A big, big part today was our defense. Everybody around the field, no matter the position, was shining the leather.”
The junior also became the beneficiary of a strong offensive day, as the Eagles (10-1 overall, 8-0 division) broke out for nine hits. They opened the game with a fourrun first inning and added another tally in the second frame, before tacking on a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning.
Bo Manor leadoff hitter Josh Heath finished the contest 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. He also just missed delivering his team a walk-off victory in the bottom of the fifth inning when a blast to left field, which came with two runner aboard and his team up by seven runs, just missed wide of the foul pole.
“As a leadoff hitter, you have to think about just reaching base to help the team. At the end of the day, you can’t always get the job done but you have to do what you have to do to help the team,” Heath said. “When everybody’s getting on base and hitting the ball it really messes with the defense and the hitters have a lot of confidence. It also gives the pitcher a lot of confidence, as well.”
The Eagles bounced back from their only loss of the season – a 5-3 defeat on the road Monday against nonconference opponent North Caroline. Wednesday’s victory gave Bo Manor a season sweep of the Indians.
“Both games we had great starting pitching. Two hits in two games let up by our starting pitching … and we played defense in both games behind these pitch- ers. It means a lot. [North East is] a good team,” Eagles coach Gary Johnson said. “We kind of follow our pitching. If our pitching is on, I’m confident we’re gonna hit.”
Dillon McFarlin doubled, walked twice and finished with three RBIs, while Tyler Ferguson, Chase Justice and Bo Matherly all added RBIs for the Eagles, who received a run from Bryan Bell.
Patrick O’Brien registered the lone hit for the Indians (6-7, 3-6), who have been shut out in three of their last four games.
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North East’s Payton Hoskins prepares to throw overtop a sliding Gage Walklett of Bohemia Manor during a double play turned in the sixth inning of the Eagles’ 7-0 win over the visiting Indians in Susquehanna Division baseball action on Wednesday.