Stoughton Legion plays Holbrook to a 3-3 tie
By Mike Hardman
Mon Jun 08, 2009, 10:02 PM EDT
STOUGHTON - Stephen Pike held Holbrook in check for most of the game after giving up two runs in the first inning as the 1-1 Stoughton Legion scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 3-3 tie t Stoughton High. The game was called after seven innings because of darkness.
Pike also scored the tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning. He reached on a one out walk and went to third on a single to center by Trevor Derochea. Pike came home with the tying run as catcher Tyler Dennis hit a fly ball to right for a sacrifice.
"He had pitched in two and half weeks," said Stoughton manager Bill Condon. "Stephen was with the Catholic Memorial JV and then he was called up to the varsity for the tournament, but he didn't pitch. He was a little rusty early in the game." Pike also went two for two at the plate wth a walk.
After giving a walk and base hit in the first inning to Holbrook's Kevin DeSouza and a single to Tyler Richards, Pike ended up allowing both runs, but after that he shut down Holbrook until they took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Jamie Rudin singled and scored on a no out triple by catcher Junior Veiga.
All night long, Pike was able to pitch out jams as Holbrook loaded the bases in third and fifth inning. The lefthander gave up five hits and five walks with five strikeout.
"He's a gutsy competitor and is only going to get better," said Condon of Pike.
Stoughton took advantage of wildness by Holbrook starter Randy Weiner, who walked the first three batters he saw, Derochea, Tyler Dennis and Connor Sullivan, before being replaced by Zach Morelli, who game up a two-run single to Justin Dennis before getting a double play to get out of the jam.
The right hander kept Stoughton off the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth inning, striking out with nine strikeouts. Jamie Whatley came in the seventh inning and got two strikeouts, including one with two outs to keep Stoughton's Jeff Twerago, who had walked and stole second, from scoring.
"The first two games of the season bode well for us," Condon said. "We're getting the pitching. The effort and attitude is there. Once the weather warms up, we'll start hitting the ball."