Baseball flawless in league play (3/08)

on Mar 21, 08 • by Avi Baskin

Last weekend the Cards had a 15-hour day, with six hours on the bus. In the morning they faced Ygnacio Valley High and in the evening at Merced Union High.
The Cardinals sent senior ace pitcher Evan Brydon against the Merced Union High Bears on March 15. The Bears’ number one lefty was throwing in the low 80’s with a devastating curve ball. Lowell jumped on him early, however, led by senior shortstop Max Newman’s leadoff double to right center. Brydon followed with an infield single advancing Newman to third and bringing senior pitcher Max Schumm to the plate. Schumm hit a perfect one hopper, double play ball to the second basemen scoring Newman and giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
Schumm added another run in the third with a pop-up that found its way between the shortstop and left fielder. Up 2-0 and behind the solid pitching of Brydon, Lowell seemed to have the game in hand.
That did not last long, however, as Brydon walked two straight batters in the bottom of the fourth. After a runner advanced to third on a fielder’s choice, Brydon left a fastball up, and the batter smoked a shot to right center that tied to game.
After the rally, the Bear pitcher came out with adrenaline pumping, throwing a good five miles an hour faster. The Cardinals’ top of the lineup — Newman, Brydon and Schumm — went zero for three with two strikeouts.
In the top of the seventh, Newman again started the Cardinals off again with a double down the left field line. He then stole third on the next at bat, giving Lowell a runner on third with no outs, the perfect scoring opportunity. With the infield in, Brydon hit a chopper to third base and Newman was looked back to the bag. Schumm came up with one out.
“I just wanted to get up there and get the job done,” Schumm said. On the first pitch, a fastball at the knees, Schumm hit a screeching liner, but the third basemen snowconed it on a dive to his left. Senior outfielder Nick Rosenheim came to the plate with two outs, and after fighting off a flurry of pitches, popped out to right field to end the inning and the Cardinal’s golden chance at winning.
After throwing 96 pitches in six innings, Brydon had to give his arm a break. One of the weaknesses of the Cardinals is that behind Brydon, their pitching staff is less than stellar. Junior Narin Leininger started the bottom of the seventh, and after striking out the first batter, walked two straight, a recurring theme for Lowell. After a mound visit by coach John Donohue, Leininger’s first pitch hit the dirt and got by senior catcher Louie Buchbinder, advancing the runners to second and third. Donohue then brought in sophomore reliever Nate Gilchrist. After working the count to 2-1, the batter executed a perfect suicide squeeze to squeeze the Bears past the Cardinals 3-2.
Although the Cardinals lost, they gained the experience of facing well-rounded competition with good pitching. Earlier in the day, the Cardinals faced Ygnacio Valley in Concord. The Cardinals saw similar pitching, but were able to scrap together more runs. Backed by Schumm’s solid pitching, they took the game 11-3.
    Although much of their league competition is inadequate, the Cardinals must play well against Washington, Lincoln and Galileo to ensure another playoff run. The key to the season will be Brydon’s pitching.

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Baseball flawless in league play (3/08)

on Mar 21, 08 • by Avi Baskin

Last weekend the Cards had a 15-hour day, with six hours on the bus. In the morning they faced Ygnacio Valley High and in the evening at Merced Union High.
The Cardinals sent senior ace pitcher Evan Brydon against the Merced Union High Bears on March 15. The Bears’ number one lefty was throwing in the low 80’s with a devastating curve ball. Lowell jumped on him early, however, led by senior shortstop Max Newman’s leadoff double to right center. Brydon followed with an infield single advancing Newman to third and bringing senior pitcher Max Schumm to the plate. Schumm hit a perfect one hopper, double play ball to the second basemen scoring Newman and giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
Schumm added another run in the third with a pop-up that found its way between the shortstop and left fielder. Up 2-0 and behind the solid pitching of Brydon, Lowell seemed to have the game in hand.
That did not last long, however, as Brydon walked two straight batters in the bottom of the fourth. After a runner advanced to third on a fielder’s choice, Brydon left a fastball up, and the batter smoked a shot to right center that tied to game.
After the rally, the Bear pitcher came out with adrenaline pumping, throwing a good five miles an hour faster. The Cardinals’ top of the lineup — Newman, Brydon and Schumm — went zero for three with two strikeouts.
In the top of the seventh, Newman again started the Cardinals off again with a double down the left field line. He then stole third on the next at bat, giving Lowell a runner on third with no outs, the perfect scoring opportunity. With the infield in, Brydon hit a chopper to third base and Newman was looked back to the bag. Schumm came up with one out.
“I just wanted to get up there and get the job done,” Schumm said. On the first pitch, a fastball at the knees, Schumm hit a screeching liner, but the third basemen snowconed it on a dive to his left. Senior outfielder Nick Rosenheim came to the plate with two outs, and after fighting off a flurry of pitches, popped out to right field to end the inning and the Cardinal’s golden chance at winning.
After throwing 96 pitches in six innings, Brydon had to give his arm a break. One of the weaknesses of the Cardinals is that behind Brydon, their pitching staff is less than stellar. Junior Narin Leininger started the bottom of the seventh, and after striking out the first batter, walked two straight, a recurring theme for Lowell. After a mound visit by coach John Donohue, Leininger’s first pitch hit the dirt and got by senior catcher Louie Buchbinder, advancing the runners to second and third. Donohue then brought in sophomore reliever Nate Gilchrist. After working the count to 2-1, the batter executed a perfect suicide squeeze to squeeze the Bears past the Cardinals 3-2.
Although the Cardinals lost, they gained the experience of facing well-rounded competition with good pitching. Earlier in the day, the Cardinals faced Ygnacio Valley in Concord. The Cardinals saw similar pitching, but were able to scrap together more runs. Backed by Schumm’s solid pitching, they took the game 11-3.
    Although much of their league competition is inadequate, the Cardinals must play well against Washington, Lincoln and Galileo to ensure another playoff run. The key to the season will be Brydon’s pitching.

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