Varsity Baseball · Second ‘Name game spells a tough loss for River

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – Rocky River dropped a 6-2 decision to Holy Name on Saturday.

Pirate pitching issued nine walks for the game and was undone by a costly error in what was Holy Name’s key inning – a three-run fifth that put the Green Wave in front to stay. With the Saturday victory, Holy Name swept this week’s two-game Great Lakes Conference series from the Pirates. The Green Wave defeated the Maroon & White, 12-2, on Friday.

In Saturday’s contest, Rocky River struck first when back-to-back singles by Tommy Kelly and Ross Hartman and yielded a solo run. A walk, a steal of second and a pair of groundouts amounted to a Holy Name run in the second. Right-hander Luke Coyne did well to limit the damage by stranding a pair in that half-inning. Coyne would effectively work out of another jam in the third.

In the bottom of the third, River took a 2-1 lead when right fielder Braedon Spies smacked a leadoff double to left and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Kelly.

That 2-1 Rocky River lead made its way to the fifth when things went awry for the Pirates. The Green Wave would score three in the fifth and two more in the sixth with the benefit of just two base hits. Two hit batters, a walk, an error and a passed ball – all of the untimely variety – conspired to scribble five runs into the book for Holy Name.

On the other side of the ledger, Green Wave pitching was solid in preventing the Pirates from scoring after the third. River didn’t help its cause when it came to clutch hitting – the Pirates went just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

The two GLC foes combined for just eight hits (five for River, three for Holy Name). Kelly had two for the Pirates; he went 2-for-3 and has now reached base in eight consecutive games.

With the loss, the Pirates (8-13, 5-7 GLC) fell to two games under .500 in league play.


SPIES-Y DOES IT: Braedon Spies’ Saturday double marked his first extra-base hit of the season. The freshman outfielder has put together a robust slash line of .368/.500/.395 (batting/on-base/slugging) in his first prep campaign. Spies also has a team-high 13 stolen bases.

TY-LOO FOR TWO: Junior right-hander Tyler Louis appeared in his second game of the week on Saturday. Louis pitched two frames, allowing two runs (one earned). For the week, he tossed seven effective innings, yielding just one earned run on two hits while fanning seven.

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