PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Pirates were felled by a talented and state-ranked Green Wave nine, as Rocky River lost to Holy Name, 13-4, on Wednesday.
Holy Name – ranked No. 10 in the most recent DII poll of the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association – posted crooked numbers in 4-of-6 offensive innings. The Green Wave broke free from what was a taut 5-4 affair midway through, scoring the final eight runs in ousting the Maroon & White from the Parma District bracket of the 2019 Ohio DII Baseball Tournament.
“We were right in this game for a while,” said Head Coach Darryl Sanders. “We battled the best we could, and I’m proud of the guys for that.”
For the game, the ninth-seeded Pirates were out-hit, 15-11, by the top-seeded Green Wave. Holy Name belted out seven extra-base hits (six doubles, home run) among their 15 hits.
The Green Wave opened up a 5-1 lead over the first three innings of play, but Rocky River battled back to get within one (5-4) on fourth-inning RBIs by Braedon Spies, Ross Hartman and Dillon Bandi.
The counter from Holy Name was swift and decisive: the home nine plated four runs in their half of the fourth, pitched a relatively clean top-of-the-fifth, and then scored four more in the bottom of the fifth.
For the game, the Holy Name offense was led by seniors Ryan Byrne (3-for-3) and Aidan Hickey (2-for-4, two doubles, three RBIs).
Prominent among the River bats were Hartman (3-for-3, double), Bandi (2-for-4), Luke Coyne (2-for-3) and Spies (2-for-3, two doubles). Hartman’s double came in what marked his final high school at-bat. It was the 27th of his career. His 3-for-3 day raised his season batting average to .483 (29-of-60) and his career mark to .407 (96-of-236.
The Pirate attack was held to a 3-of-13 mark with runners in scoring position
Tommy Capka and Tyler Louis split River’s mound duties on the afternoon.
The Pirates closed out their season with a record of 9-14.
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