Cathedral gets big innings to put away Monterey

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 5, 2005

VIDALIA, La. &045; Cathedral only needed two innings to establish itself and beat Monterey Saturday, but it took a little while for the Green Wave to get there.

Cathedral scored nine runs in the third and fourth innings, only after the Wolves had taken a 2-0 lead on the Green Wave.

The Green Wave eventually cruised to an 11-3 win over the Wolves in the Vidalia Invitational Saturday.

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Monterey starting pitcher Gary Evans held the Green Wave scoreless for two innings and gave up only one hit. Evan’s unusual delivery &045; he throws the ball almost underhand &045; seemed to trouble the Cathedral lineup.

&uot;That sidearm pitcher always give us fits,&uot; Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. &uot;He’s not even sidearm, really, he’s down under and with control. I’ve seen some try it who couldn’t really control their pitches, but he can.&uot;

But Cathedral took advantage of Evans’ departure from the game to get going on the offensive side of things.

Preston Hicks started the third off with a single that proved auspicious for Cathedral. Chris Rasco’s two-run single later in the inning gave Cathedral a 3-2 lead.

In the fourth inning, No. 9 hitter Alex Middleton led off with a double to right field that seemed to spark the Green Wave offense.

&uot;Alex got it started with a double and we kind of came alive,&uot; Beesley said.

Andrew Ellard followed up with a single and Jeremy Davis reached base on an error that loaded the bases for Charlie Lane’s walk, which brought Middleton home. Drew Burns was hit by a pitch, scoring Ellard and again leaving the bases full for Zack Calhoun, who wasn’t going to pass up that opportunity.

Calhoun hit a grand slam over the left field wall to put his team up 8-2 and give Cathedral its first comfortable lead of the game.

&uot;We needed a big hit, something to get us sparked,&uot; Calhoun said. &uot;We were up by two and I hit a grand slam that makes it a six-run game, that feels good.&uot;

Three Monterey miscues helped Cathedral keep the inning going and bat around, all but putting the game out of reach for the Wolves.

&uot;We just fell apart in that one inning,&uot; Monterey head coach Hank Zizzi said. &uot;Cathedral has a good team and they showed it tonight.&uot;

As good as Calhoun was at the plate, he was just as good throwing to it. In three innings of work he gave up three hits and struck out four. Middleton came in to pitch the last two innings, giving up a run but also striking out four batters.

&uot;We’ve been bringing him in behind pitchers that throw hard,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;As long as he throws strikes, he’s good.&uot;

Monterey’s best offensive inning came in the second, when the Wolves manufactured two runs despite getting only two singles. Landon White led off and reached base on an error, then moved to second on a wild pitch and stole third and home to score. Jordan Tiffee walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Max Green’s single.

The Wolves’ only other score came in the first inning when Layton Strebeck doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Evans’ grounder to second.

&uot;Our bats are getting a little better,&uot; Zizzi said. &uot;Defensively, this wasn’t really our best game.&uot;