Cathedral miscues turn into sources of offense for Pineville

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 30, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; The unblemished record is gone. No more undefeated status on the season.

Maybe things will settle down now for the Cathedral Green Wave. You can thank a good Class 4A team in Pineville for handing the Wave its first loss of the season, 9-0, Friday afternoon at the Vidalia tournament.

But in a season of transition for the Green Wave, a 5-1 record now may be a little more indicative of the start to the season.

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&8220;I knew we weren&8217;t as good as people were talking about,&8221; CHS head coach Craig Beesley said. &8220;We started out 5-0, and Vidalia was the best team we played. And that was the first game of the year for both teams. When Patrick (McDonough) is on the mound, I feel good. And Zach (Calhoun) pitched well today. When you&8217;re as young as we are, we&8217;ve just got to make the plays.&8221;

Errors played a role in falling behind early to the Rebels (8-1), and the bats managed only one hit &8212; a McDonough double off the wall in center during the fifth &8212; against two Pineville pitchers.

The Rebels, meanwhile, took advantage of the mistakes with four of the nine runs coming on errors.

&8220;They made some errors, and maybe instead of 8-0 it might have been 4-0,&8221; Pineville head coach Darrell Wiley said. &8220;We didn&8217;t have a good day at the plate, either. I think we&8217;re a little better than what we showed. We had about five called (strikeouts), and I don&8217;t like that too much. The calls don&8217;t bother me, but the looking bothered me.&8221;

The Rebels fanned seven times against Calhoun in three innings but also put up three runs and threatened in the fourth before the right-hander exited for left-hander Alex Middleton.

But by that point the damage was done. The Rebels got a homer in the first from leadoff hitter Zac Aldecoa to take the lead, but two errors helped them push across runs after reaching base on walks to take a 3-0 lead.

Two errors in the fourth and a fly ball that fell in during the fifth allowed the Rebels extra baserunners and outs.

&8220;I thought our pitching was good, and we only gave up four hits,&8221; Beesley said. &8220;It&8217;s hard when you don&8217;t make the plays behind your pitcher. I believe it&8217;s a lack of attention and a lack of focus. It&8217;s not that we couldn&8217;t make the plays.

&8220;It seemed like we weren&8217;t focused today. It&8217;s different from not being able to make plays and not being focused to make the plays.&8221;

Calhoun had the curveball working and allowed only two hits &8212; both to Aldecoa &8212; before leaving in the fourth. Aldecoa tripled with two outs in the second, and Calhoun walked the next batter before getting a strikeout to end the inning.

But things went bad in the fourth as Calhoun&8217;s pitch count got up. He walked the bases loaded and gave way for Middleton, who got Bryan Scott to ground into a fielder&8217;s choice to score Cory Lemoine for a 4-0 leads.

An errant pickoff throw to second moved the runners up a bag, and Aldecoa beat out the tag at home on a passed ball to score. Scott then scored on another error, and Justin Rachal doubled in Derek Sandoval for a 7-0 lead.

&8220;Tomorrow I&8217;ll change the lineup and switch people around,&8221; Beesley said. &8220;We&8217;ve been trying to keep our defense strong, but tomorrow we&8217;ll change some people around. We&8217;ll see how it goes.

&8220;I wanted to see Zack throw against a good team, and I know he has a chance to beat good teams. His curveball was great today. He was up to 82 (pitches). He had lost a lot off his fastball, and I went and got him out of there.&8221;

At the plate, meanwhile, the Green Wave couldn&8217;t get a hit to move runners over. Pineville starter Rachal walked the bases loaded in the second inning with one out, but he got an infield flyout and a strikeout to end the inning.

Rachal walked six and hit a batter through four. McDonough&8217;s double came off Scott with two outs, but the next batter grounded out to end the inning.

Scott retired the side in the sixth.

&8220;We didn&8217;t throw a lot of strikes,&8221; Wiley said. &8220;We&8217;re trying to find a No. 3 pitcher.&8221;