No. 15 Gilman moves to 4-0 in the MIAA A Conference with an impressive 8-2 road win
by Joe DiBlasi
With sophomore pitcher Peter Huebeck popping the mitt in the low 90’s and his teammates scoring runs in nearly every frame, No. 15 Gilman had a relatively easy time of it in its visit to No. 7 Archbishop Curley, Friday, topping the Friars, 8-2, in a rematch of last year’s MIAA A Conference baseball finals.
With the victory, Gilman (8-4 overall) improved to 4-0 in A Conference play as they own the early lead in the league. Curley (4-3 overall) slipped to 3-2 in the conference and the Friars currently reside in fifth place.
Huebeck, a fireballing right-hander was absolutely dominant over the first three innings, allowing only a first inning single to Curley’s Tyler Locklear. He struggled a bit in the fourth when he allowed two hits, two walks and hit two batters, also the Friars scored their only two runs of the ballgame, but he escaped even more damage with a couple of strikeouts to force the Friars to leave the bases loaded. He came back out and worked his way through the fifth, working on a two-on, one out jam by getting a double-play ground-ball. He finished his day having allowed just three while striking out seven batters.
“The warm-weather helped me a lot today”, said the tall righty. “I was loose and my fastball was good. I was able to get ahead of the hitters, and use my curveball as well, which was also working.”
The Greyhounds got a solo home run from slugger Pierce Bennett in the top of the first inning, and they never lost their lead, adding another run in the second, two more in the third, and three in the fourth.
Bennett lead a 13-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.
“This is a big rivalry game,” said the Gilman left-fielder. “We were upset about the championship game last year, and we wanted to bounce back, and show them that we’re back for them this year, and that we want to win the championship this year.
“We came out fired up and I’m glad I could help the team today. I’m proud of our guys; were coming together as a team, and we’re excited for the season.”
Gilman shortstop Casey Bishop chipped in with a double and a single, driving in two runs and scoring two more for coach Larry Sheets’ team.nSecond baseman Ryan Williamson also had a double and a single, and third baseman Ryan Martinez had two singles and an RBI.
Sheets. who is now in his 10th year leading the Greyhounds said his team has a lot of pitching this year.
“We will rely on Heubeck, Matt Leikus, and Danny Rosenfield,” said the former Baltimore Orioles’ slugger. “The bats are coming, but our strength this year is our pitching.”
Sheets was a star for the Orioles in the 80’s, and his son Gavin, who played for his dad at Gilman a few years ago, is following in his dad’s footsteps.
Gavin, who had a brilliant college career at Wake Forest, is starting for the Chicago White Sox Double A affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. this season. Coach Sheets said, “They like the way he swings the bat. He’s just got to show them that he can hit for power.”
Locklear, who is head to Virginia Commonwealth to play baseball next year, had two of Curley’s three hits on the day as well as a couple of defensive gems at third-base. Colten Knoble added an RBI double for the Friars.
Heubeck claimed the win for the Greyhounds, and Curley starter Travis Nale took the loss.
Pictured above: Sophomore Peter Heubeck ignited the radar guns with a fastball in the low 90’s, while allowing just three hits and two runs in five innings of work in Gilman’s 8-2 win at Curley.
NO. 15 GILMAN 8, NO. 7 ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 2
GIL 112 310 0 — 8 13 0
AC 000 200 0 — 2 3 0
Heubeck, Myers (6), Williamson (7), and Mallas; Nale, Riley (4), Fair (6), Rickard (7),
2B: G-Bishop; AC-Knoble.