Pitching in his first career region tournament game, Mike Rock was superb, and he got loads of offensive support early and often as York’s baseball team cruised past Park View 12-0 yesterday afternoon in their Region I tournament opener.
The win bumped the Falcons into Wednesday’s semifinals when they’ll travel to Powhatan (21-1) – winners over Eastern View 17-4 on Tuesday – at 5 p.m.
For York coach Rusty Ingram, Tuesday’s victory was an ideal start to the regional tournament.
“The guys played really well today,” Ingram said after the game. “If we can pitch and play defense the way we did today, we have a good chance to be successful every time.”
Rock got out of the first inning unscathed after getting the Dragons’ Eric Hudson to ground into a 6-4-3 double play with runners on the corners and one out. He had little trouble the rest of the way, in part due to strong defense up the middle that turned three double plays on the afternoon.
York’s hitters also got off to a quick start. Five of the first six batters reached base, including Clark Siebels, who drove in two runs with a double to the right-field gap, and Tim Kelly, who followed Siebels with a two-RBI triple to give the Falcons an early 4-0 lead.
York added two more in the second and one more in the fourth before enjoying another big inning in the fifth. T.J. Rinoski’s RBI double scored Julian White, who reached on an error to open the inning.
Nic Futrell and Ryan Hendrickson added back-to-back RBI base-hits before Siebels brought in his third run of the game to push the Falcons’ lead to 11-0.
Rock, who struck out five and allowed just five hits over six strong innings of work, filled in nicely for York ace Rinoski, who will be the likely starter in Wednesday’s showdown with Powhatan.
“Mike [Rock] did a heck of a job today,” Ingram said. “He was a little nervous, it being his first start in regionals. But after he got out of that first inning and we put a few runs on the board, he cruised through the next five before Alex [Ellis] came in and shut the door.”
Ellis provided the relief work for the hard-throwing Tim Kelly, who Ingram will likely turn to earlier than usual on Wednesday against Powhatan’s powerful lineup that scored 17 runs in their quarterfinal bout with Eastern View.
“From everything I’ve heard you’ve got to hit the ball to stay with Powhatan. But we’ll go in the same way we approach them all,” Ingram said. “T.J. [Rinoski] and T.K. [Tim Kelly] can get a quick bullpen session in and be ready to go on Wednesday.”
York 12 Park View 0
Park View- 000;000;0 – 0 6 1
York- 420; 141; – – 12 13 0
WP- Rock (6 IP, 5 H, 5 SO)
York- Rinoski 3-4 (3 runs, RBI), Futrell 2-3 (2 runs, RBI), Siebles 2-4 (3 RBI, run) Ti. Kelly 1-4 (3B, 2 RBI)
Park View- Cliborne 2-3
Jamestown 5 Courtland 1
The Eagles got solid pitching from ace Kyle Majette – who missed the entire district tournament with an illness – and Matt Smith en route to an opening round win over 5-1 victory over Courtland.
Brink Ambler’s two-RBI base hit in the first inning helped Jamestown jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Majette went four and one-third innings, giving up one run on six hits while striking out four. Smith, who hasn’t given up a run in his last 15 innings pitched, earned the save after tossing the final two and two-thirds innings. He allowed only one hit to go along with three strikeouts.
Jamestown could clinch their first state tournament berth in school history with a win on Wednesday against Tabb in the semis.
Jamestown- 300;001;1 – 5 11 0
Courtland- 100;000;0 – 1 7 2
Jamestown- Ambler 1-4 (2 RBI, run), Shannon 2-4 (RBI, run), Smith 2-4 (RBI), Laycock 1-1 (RBI)
Courtland- Keranen 2-4, Haught 2-4
Tabb 2 Southampton 1
The Tigers returned to their woeful hitting ways but still managed to escape with a 2-1 win in the Region I quarterfinals against Southampton.
Patrick Corbett pitched seven strong innings before being relieved by Jared Lyons (Liberty) who earned the victory.
Lyons also drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning that gave Tabb the win in walk-off fashion.
The Tigers – who tallied just six hits yesterday – have struggled at the plate all season but have survived off the pitching from their two division one signees – Corbett (Coastal Carolina) and Lyons (Liberty).
They’ll need the bats to be more effective on Wednesday when they take on Jamestown, who were top three in the district in runs scored during the regular season.