Green Wave top Rebels 10-0, in 5 innings

Published 12:07 am Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ben White drove in two runs and scored two more, and Connor Branton tossed a complete shutout as Cathedral High School topped Adams County Christian School 10-0 in five innings in MAIS District 4-AAA baseball action Monday night.

The Green Wave (11-10, 3-4) pounded out seven hits and scored four runs in each of the first two innings en route to run-ruling their cross-town rivals.

“We’re swinging the bat pretty good right now,” Cathedral coach Craig Beesley said. “We’ve got some people that are still struggling, but as long as they’re working hard in practice, that’s all we can ask for.”

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Branton walked six batters, but limited the Rebels to just three hits while also striking out four batters.

“He’s been our one constant that we can depend on all year,” Beesley said. “When we put him on the mound, we feel like we’re going to be in every game. We’ve lost some close ones with him out there, but he’s been real steady for us.”

For ACCS (11-14, 1-6) Monday was a night to forget. The Rebels tallied just three hits, while committing five errors in the field.

“We just came out flat and let them jump out on us early,” ACCS coach Matthew Freeman said. “I don’t know if it was the big crowd or what, but it looked like we shied away from the competition. We didn’t really battle tonight.”

Robert Hargrave got Cathedral on the board in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly. Jae Eidt then delivered with a two-run single, and Caden Poole followed it up with a scoring base hit.

The Green Wave kept the scoring going in the second. After Branton and Craig Bradley reached base, Ben White laced a triple to the right-centerfield gap, allowing both runners to score.

Cathedral kept the pressure on the ACCS defense all game long, stealing seven bases while being caught just one time.

Terrance Charles had a stolen base for ACCS and one of its three hits. Caden Gillespie and Cole Switzer had the Rebels other two hits.

ACCS put two runners on base from the second inning on and left nine men on base in the game.

“We have to hit the fastball,” Freeman said. “They’re giving us fastballs for strikes, and we’re taking too many fastballs and swinging at too many curveballs. You want them to know that’s probably the best they’re going to get, and you have to come out swinging.”

Branton scored Cathedral’s lone run in the fourth, and White ended the game after scampering home from third on a wild pitch in the fifth.

The two teams will face off again today, this time with ACCS hosting. The Rebels will start either Jacob McDaniel or Cole Gatlin, with the other likely to be the first relief pitcher into the game.

“I have my No. 1 and my No. 2 ready to go tomorrow,” Freeman said. “Hopefully, they’ll give us a good performance. … I challenged (the team), and hopefully it will be a completely different game tomorrow.”

First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at ACCS.

“We want to get pressure on them early,” Beesley said. “I know they’ll probably have McDaniel throwing, but if we can put some runs up early in the game, then we can keep the momentum going from tonight.”