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Lutheran West 9, Brookside 3
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ROCKY RIVER --  Lutheran West took care of Brookside, sidestepping every thing Brookside threw at them with overpowering pitching.  Senior Billy Valletto was dominant on the mound, wiffing ten in six innings of work.  Senior Justin Chislow slammed the door in the seventh, striking out the side.

Three times throughout the game Brookside put LW hurlers into real trouble.  All three times LW got out of it and was able to avoid the big inning.  All season LW has struggled with the big inning, but last night the pitching finally was able to escape unscathed.  

Track it and you’ll see.  In almost every loss this season—and in some of the recent victories—the big inning has been deadly to LW.  In many of these cases, LW has been in control of the game before and after “the inning,” but has fallen apart to their demise in the one critical inning.  

In their loss to Independence , it was a five-run fifth.  Against Hamilton Badin it was a five-run first.  In the loss to Clearview, the Clippers scored all five of their runs in the fifth.  Against Black River it was a four-run third and a three-run fourth.  LW overcame a four-run fifth against Columbia to win in the seventh.  Against Wellington, the four-run fourth was their undoing.  Keystone put up a five-run third to get back into that game, and Fairview did the same with a five-run fourth.  

Last night was different.  Last night, the pitching never gave in and allowed Brookside to score more than one.  

What a Houdini act it was.  In the top of the first, the Cardinals loaded the bases with no one out and one run already in. Valletto got two strikeouts and an infield popup—a magnificent back-handed catch over the railing in foul ground by senior third baseman Cal Thomay—to get out of the inning with no more damage.  

In the third, Valletto gave up back to back doubles to lead off the inning.  He then struck out the next three batters to strand the second triple on third and escape the inning with only one run allowed.

In the seventh it was Chislow walking the tight rope.  After a strikeout to start the inning, Chislow surrendered three straight hits, then buckled down and stuck out the last two hitters to end the game.  

Offensively LW showed up in a big way, collecting 12 hits and 9 runs.  Thomay was 3-4 with two more doubles and a run scored.  Senior Ryan Jones appeared to be breaking out of his season long slump.  Going into the game, Jones was 2 for his last 29 at bats.  His last extra base hit was during the Cincinnati trip.  Last night alone he accounted for four runs, three hits—including a triple, and two stolen bases. 

The middle of LW’s lineup—Jones, Valletto, and senior Mitch Zaharewicz—were five for nine, scored eight runs, stole four bases, and were only retired by Brookside pitching in two of their fourteen plate appearances.
Wed 3/31/10
L, 6-2
Thu 4/1/10
W, 12-2
Tue 4/6/10
W, 9-8
Wed 4/7/10
W, 12-2
Thu 4/8/10
L, 7-0
Sat 4/10/10
L, 7-6
Sat 4/10/10
W, 12-1
Mon 4/12/10
L, 5-3
Tue 4/13/10
W, 14-0
Wed 4/14/10
W, 19-10
Mon 4/19/10
L, 10-6
Tue 4/20/10
W, 5-4
Wed 4/21/10
L, 8-6
Fri 4/23/10
W, 10-8
Tue 4/27/10
W, 13-6
Wed 4/28/10
W, 9-3
Fri 4/30/10
W, 16-1
Sat 5/1/10
W, 19-0
Sat 5/1/10
W, 25-7

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Rocky River, Ohio 44116-4099

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