Lor­man, Ea­gles al­low one hit in win over In­di­ans

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

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.

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