Ca­vanaugh’s five RBI lead U.moreland past Spring­field

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele


com Be­ing able to win pretty, ugly, in a close game or in a blowout is a char­ac­ter­is­tic of a good team. Up­per Moreland showed just how good they really are against a talHnWHG 6SULnJ­fiHOG WHDP.

De­spite a great ef­fort from the Spar­tans, Up­per MoreODnG finLsKHG ZLn­nLnJ 7-4 Ln 10 win­nings. In a back-and­forth af­fair that in­clud­ing good pitch­ing, clutch hit­ting, shoddy de­fense and drama, both teams put ev­ery­thing they had out there. How­ever, in the end, the Bears im­proved to S-0 in the Sub­ur­ban One Amer­i­can.

“I told the guys that they showed a lot of char­ac­ter by stay­ing in the game,” Up­per Moreland coach Ernie Rehr said. “But my hat goes off WR 6SULnJ­fiHOG EHFDusH WKHy played a great game. I ap­pre­ci­ate a bat­tle like that and it’s fun just get­ting in­volved with a 10-in­ning game. It’s a great en­vi­ron­ment for base­ball. They did a great job in keep­ing their head, it was fun.”

The game started off as a pitch­ers’ duel be­tween Up­per Moreland’s Char­lie HRRNHU DnG 6SULnJ­fiHOG’s AnWKRny 6FD­fiGL, WZR RI WKH bet­ter pitch­ers in the league. ,W ZDsn’W unWLO WKH fiIWK Ln­ning where things be­gan to change and the man­u­fac­tur­ing of runs be­gan. The score ZDs 3-1 6SULnJ­fiHOG DIWHU Marten Pauwels’ RBI triple Ln WKH fiIWK LnnLnJ, EuW WKH end of reg­u­la­tion was just the be­gin­ning.

“I thought we had them beat, we just didn’t make sRPH NHy SODys,” 6SULnJ­fiHOG coach Chris Shelly said. “Af­ter a tough loss against Up­per Dublin, we told the kids to go out and play their best and I thought they had it. We took them to the limit and then some.”

Up­per Moreland put three runs on the Spar­tans in their half RI WKH sLxWK, fiULnJ ULJKW EDFN into the lead. Af­ter scor­ing a run on a passed ball, Mike Ca­vanauJK, ZKR NnRFNHG Ln fivH RI WKH seven Bears runs, hit a two-RBI GRuEOH WR SuW KLs WHDP uS 4-3 and back in con­trol of the game.

“We have had a few close games this sea­son, but I feel like most games have been that way and my guys con­tinue to show guts and grit and char­ac­ter. The guys have a lot RI FRn­fiGHnFH Ln WKHPsHOvHs DnG Ds FRDFKHs ZH KDvH FRn­fi­dence in our play­ers. I feel like we are in a great spot.”

6SULnJ­fiHOG ZDs nRW quelled so eas­ily. Af­ter go- ing qui­etly in the bot­tom half of the in­ning, the Spar­tans were down to two outs in the bot­tom of the sev­enth when Pauwels came through once again with an RBI dou­ble to WLH WKH JDPH DW 4-4 DnG sHnG it to ex­tras.

6FD­fiGL, ZKR SLWFKHG HLJKW strong in­nings, even­tu­ally had to give way to Jeff Ham­mons in re­lief, but it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the Bears struck. It took them un­til the 10th in­ning, but a run scored on an er­ror and Ca­vanaugh came through again with a two-run sin­gle WR sHDO 6SULnJ­fiHOG’s IDWH.

“I heard the pitcher was really good, so I was just wait­ing on the fast­ball,” Ca­vanaugh said. “It feels good to win, we are at the top of the league and I don’t think we are go­ing to lose an­other game this sea­son.”

Knox shut the door in the bot­tom half, but Spring­field should be ap­plauded for its ef­fort; the Spar­tans al­most had them.

“That game is go­ing to wins games in May and June,” Shelly said. “We want to make a run to the state play­offs. We just didn’t ex­e­cute. We still have the heart of a cham­pion and I told them to keep their heads up be­cause I’m proud of how they played.”

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