H.S. BASEBALL: Mount Carmel falls to Midd-West
KULPMONT - A cursory look at the box score of Mount Carmel's 8-6 loss to Midd-West Monday would make a baseball fan wonder how it happened.
Mount Carmel outhit the Mustangs 11-7 and had four extra-base hits, including two home runs, to one double for Midd-West. The Mustangs made five errors to Mount Carmel's four.
But the timing of the errors was costly for the winless Red Tornadoes (0-6). Midd-West (6-1) took a 3-1 lead on two unearned runs and another that scored on a wild pitch, and only two of the Mustangs' eight runs were earned against losing pitcher Tyler Thompson and reliever Michael Pupo.
"We made a couple of costly errors and
you can't do that against a good team," said Mount Carmel coach Shawn Kalinowski, who has taken over for Ray Bettleyon, who resigned for personal reasons last week. "And Midd-West is a good team.
"We just haven't put a whole game together. Today was probably our best hitting game, but we didn't play very good defense."
Midd-West took a 1-0 lead in the first when Eli Stem walked, stole second and scored on a wild throw to third from first baseman Jake Jones after a popout to Jones by Shane Connahan.
Jeff Ballard's run-scoring single scored Pupo, who singled and stole second, in the second for Mount Carmel.
But a walk, an error by Gary Bregensir in right field after a single by Connahan, and a wild pitch, led to two more runs for Midd-West in the third.
Bret Williams cut the lead to 3-2 with a solo home run for Mount Carmel in the third, and the Red Tornadoes tied the game in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Kyle Karycki after Colin Bettleyon doubled.
A wild throw by Thompson on a fielder's choice paved the way for a four-run inning by the Mustangs in the fifth. Connahan was part of it again, with a two-run double, and Hunter Shuff had a sacrifice fly.
Shuff committed two errors at shortstop in the bottom of the inning, allowing Mount Carmel to score a run, and Jones' two-run homer in the sixth cut the lead to 8-6.
But Shuff relieved for Ryan Combs in the seventh and struck out the side to clinch Midd-West's win.
Combs relieved Mustang starter Alex Hackenberg in the third after Williams' leadoff homer and earned the win. He gave up six hits, struck out one and walked one.
Thompson worked five innings and took the loss. He gave up seven hits, struck out three and walked four.
"I've been stressing discipline with these kids," Kalinowski said. "Pitching and defense is what wins and when you give up unearned runs, it just puts pressure on your offense. We're going to come around offensively and we're still pretty young, but we need a couple wins pretty quickly now."
MIDD-WEST (AB-R-H-BI) - Sharp 3-2-1-0, Stem 3-2-1-0, Connahan 4-2-1-2, Zimmerman 3-0-0-0, Shuff 3-0-0-1, Snook 3-0-1-0, Combs 3-0-1-0, Aurand 2-0-0-0, Zechman 2-2-1-0, Hackenberg 0-0-0-0. Totals 26-8-7-3.
MOUNT CARMEL (AB-R-H-BI - Tocyloski 4-0-1-0, Bettleyon 3-2-2-0, Williams 3-1-2-1, Karycki 4-0-2-1, Jones 4-1-2-2, Wasilewski 4-0-0-0, Pupo 4-2-1-0, Thompson 0-0-0-0, Ballard 4-0-1-0, Haladay 0-0-0-0, Bregensir 4-0-0-0. Totals 34-6-11-5.