Senior ace strikes out 16 in six shutout innings; Petryszak drives in three

In a key MIAA A Conference baseball game, No. 8 Archbishop Curley sent senior ace Ryan Edmonds to the hill to face No. 2 John Carroll and the powerful right-hander mowed down the Patriots with 16 strikeouts in six shutout innings of work.

John Carroll did touch up Curley reliever Emilio Rodriguez for four runs in the top of the seventh, but the Friars held on for the 8-4 victory.

John Carroll freshman Aaron Snyder made a strong start for the Patriots, blanking the Friars over the first three innings before Curley broke through for two in the home half of the fourth. A hit batsman, a single by Riley McBride and an error set the stage for a two-run single from Blake Dean.

Virgil Watson opened the Curley fifth with a double, off of reliever Ben Pierce, and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on an error. Edmonds then helped his own cause with a single, which loaded the bases with no outs.

Cleanup hitter John Petryszak drove in the fourth run with a sac fly and Zach Gaeta made it 5-0 with an RBI single.

Petryszak added a two-run double in the sixth as Curley scored three more times.

Griffin Shirk had an RBI double in the JC seventh. Matt Archibald added a 2-run single and William Rhine singled home the final Patriot run. Archibald finished with three hits and a walk.

Curley improved to 10-4 overall and the Friars are now 3-0 in the MIAA A Conference. John Carroll (5-3) is now 2-2 in the league.

Pictured above: Curley’s Ryan Edmonds had a key single in Curley’s three-run fifth, but his best work was saved for the mound where he worked six shutout innings and struck out 16 Patriots.