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Rapid Reaction: South Oldham baseball defeats North Oldham

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By Sam Draut

Behind a stellar pitching performance by Will Moriarty and a small-ball approach, South Oldham baseball defeated North Oldham 4-2 Monday night in Crestwood. Moriarty pitched a complete game, allowing three hits, three walks and one earned run while striking out 11 hitters. Cam Revolt went 1 for 2 and scored two runs for South Oldham.

North Oldham’s Joe Boyle allowed just two hits in five innings and struck out nine batters, but walked eight hitters and gave up three runs (two earned).

Professor Moriarty

The senior pitcher puzzled North Oldham hitters throughout the night with a commanding fastball and sharp breaking ball.

“My whole motto was to work ahead and I was able to get my breaking ball in for strikes which was huge for me,” Moriarty said.

Moriarty didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning and possibly had his most dominant stretch in the sixth. After North Oldham scored a run in the fourth and fifth inning, Moriarty struck out the side in the sixth inning.

“Will was lights out,” South Oldham coach Matt Walker said. “That is probably the best his stuff has been in his last three outings.

“That was a phenomenal performance. He commanded both sides of the plate. He commanded fastball and off speed pitches.”

Squeezing Runs

Revolt led off the third inning with a single to right field, beginning a productive inning for the Dragons. Devin Bishop drew a base on balls, setting up runners on first and second with no outs and Tanner Johnson at the plate. After a wild pitch early in the at-bat where runners advanced to second and third, Johnson laid down a bunt on the third base side and Revolt scored on the squeeze play. Johnson appeared to have beaten the throw to first base, but the ball was overthrown, allowing Bishop to score from second.

“We talked before the game about what our approach was going to be offensively,” Walker said. “Our kids did an excellent job of remembering what the game plan was, staying focused and executing. When we needed to execute, they executed everything we put on.”

With one out and Johnson on third after advancing on a wild pitch, Brandon Elsbury laid down well placed bunt to score Johnson for the third run of the inning.

Bringing home the bacon

With two outs in the top of the fourth inning, Seth Bacon broke up Moriarty’s no-hit bid with a double down the right field line. The junior scored one batter later when Justin Doyle had a hard hit ground ball that deflected off of South Oldham first baseman Brandon LaBarbera’s glove and trickled into right field for the Mustangs’ first run of the game.

Pinch Hit Heroes

Trailing 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning, North Oldham cut their deficit in half as Ivester turned to his bench to manufacture a run. Logan Beard drew a leadoff walk, setting up a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Nick Rose. With Beard on second, Alex Atkins stepped to the plate as the Mustangs’ second consecutive pinch hitter. Atkins drove a line drive to left center field for a single, scoring Beard.

Insurance run

South Oldham added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend their lead to 4-2. Revolt drew a leadoff walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bishop. Revolt reached third on a wild pitch and then scored on a passed ball with two outs.

K fest

It didn’t seem like a bat touched a ball in the first inning, and though there were several pitches fouled off, there wasn’t a ball put into play until the second batter of the second inning. Moriarty struck out the side in the top of the first inning, all on called third strikes. In the bottom of the first inning, after walking South Oldham leadoff hitter Devin Bishop, Boyle struck out the side with a heavy dose of fastballs.