Pilots Win at the Point
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) Pilots baseball team overcame their opponents’ hitting prowess to take down the Bentley School of Oakland Phoenix, 3-1, last Thursday, April 4, at the Navy Base Field at Alameda Point.
The contest between the Pilots and the Phoenix proved that quality hitting is more important than quantity. The Phoenix accumulated 10 hits in the game, but could only produce one run. On the other hand the Pilots had just four hits, but turned them into three runs to win the Bay County-East League game.
Timely outs by SJND starting pitcher Davis Stewart helped keep Bentley’s offense in check. The junior struck out four batters, while allowing just one walk in his complete-game, 86-pitch outing.
The Pilots’ defense behind Davis was also outstanding turning four double-plays in seven innings, while committing just one error. On the other side the Phoenix committed two errors.
The Pilots scored their three runs in the first two innings, one in the first and two in the second. Sophomore Aaron Garcia, senior Alex Robles and Stewart each drove in a run. The Pilots held the Phoenix scoreless until the top of the fourth inning. Phoenix senior Lucca Cost drove in fellow senior Patrick Greenfield to put Bentley on the scoreboard.
The batting disparity between the two teams was glaring. The Pilots batted 3-for-19 for a .158 batting average. Garcia, Robles and Stewart were the only Pilots to record a hit in the contest. All three hits were singles.
The Phoenix, however, were effective at the plate. They went 10-for-29 in the contest for a .345 batting average. Two Bentley freshmen had multi-hit performances at the plate. Oliver van Linder went 4-for-4 from the plate, while Davis McGannery went 2-for-3 in the contest. However, neither van Linder nor McGannery scored or drove in a run.
McGannery got the start for Bentley. He pitched all six innings. He struck out seven batters.
The Pilots’ record improved to 9-4 overall on the season and 4-0 in league.
SJND will take on College Preparatory of Oakland tomorrow on the road in its next contest.