McDonoughs gem helps CHS drop St. Al

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 31, 2006

VICKSBURG &8212; Someday, St. Aloysius might have a baseball dynasty in Mississippi. For now, Cathedral is still the king of the mountain in their heated rivalry.

Patrick McDonough faced the minimum number of batters, allowing only two hits and walking none in six innings, to lead Cathedral (4-0, 2-0 Division 7-1A) to an 11-0 rout of St. Al.

Zack Calhoun went 4-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored for Cathedral, which has asserted its dominance over its archrival recently.

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It was the fifth straight win in the series for Cathedral, and the sixth in seven tries. After going seven years without a win in Vicksburg, the Green Wave has now won three straight over St. Al here.

&8220;That&8217;s a definite plus,&8221; McDonough, who had nine strikeouts, said of beating St. Al. &8220;It was a good game, but we have to play tomorrow so we can&8217;t worry about it too much.&8221;

McDonough had complained of a sore elbow last week, and CHS head coach Craig Beesley told him before the game to go as much as he could. He maintained his control and struck out six as the Green Wave got the game over an inning early while finishing the game with 81 pitches.

&8220;It was probably his best outing since he&8217;s been pitching for us the last two years,&8221; Beesley said. &8220;He said (the elbow) was bothering him before the game, but I said, &8216;Give me all you&8217;ve got.&8217; He acted like he wanted the ball the whole game. I wasn&8217;t going to take him out then.&8221;

McDonough was outstanding, but St. Al (4-3, 2-1) helped his cause. The Flashes committed five errors and had several other defensive flubs that didn&8217;t appear in the box score.

Three of the errors came on consecutive at-bats in the sixth inning, when Cathedral scored seven runs to put the game away. After the three errors, Zack Calhoun hit a ball that was misjudged by St. Al center fielder Jordan Muirhead and went for a two-run triple that provided the Green Wave&8217;s last two runs.

&8220;This is the most disappointing loss in my career. They&8217;re a good team, no doubt, but we can&8217;t come out and play with the lack of intensity and focus like we did and expect to win a baseball game,&8221; St. Al coach Clint Wilkerson said. &8220;I don&8217;t know what it&8217;s going to take, but we&8217;re going to find it. We&8217;ll find nine guys who are going to come out every day and be focused. There&8217;s going to be some changes made.&8221;

Cathedral took the lead with two runs in the third inning, then two more in the fourth. RBI singles by Charlie Lane and Kole Junkin, as well as a squeeze bunt by Braxton Fondren and two St. Al errors helped stake the Wave to the early 4-0 lead.

Then, in the sixth inning, the floodgates opened as St. Al&8217;s defensive meltdown commenced.

Calhoun led off with a single and Junkin walked before Wilkerson lifted starting pitcher Blake Tidwell. Ryno Martin-Nez entered the game and struck out pinch-hitter David Ozburn before Jerad Burkhardt laid down a bunt.

Martin-Nez fielded it and flipped to catcher Sean Weaver, but Calhoun slid under the tag to make it 5-0.