Archibald grinds through seven tough innings and homers to help No. 1 John Carroll stay undefeated
by Joe DiBlasi
John Carroll’s Ryan Archibald stepped up big on the mound and at the plate for coach Darrion Siler, on Saturday afternoon at Loyola Blakefield, as the top-ranked Patriots topped the host and 14th-ranked Dons, 6-2, to remain undefeated on the year (13-0 overall, 9-0 ) in the MIAA A Conference.
Archibald gave up a first inning run to the Dons when the first three Loyola hitters reached base safely. Dom Dinoto singled to start the home half of the frame, Patrick Krack walked, and AJ Holcomb got an RBI single.
Archibald, a right-hander on the mound and a left-handed swinger at the plate, then fanned clean-up hitter Will Glock, and Chris McDonald before issuing a free pass to Emmet Reynolds to load the bases.
With a first inning pitch count at 26, the big righty struck out Jake Scouten to get out of hot water.
Archibald, who bats third in the John Carroll lineup, put the Patriots ahead with a two-run home run to the opposite field, giving his team a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Archibald’s blast was line shot that slipped just inside the left-field foul poll at Blakefield, scoring Grant Astle, who walked to leadoff the inning, in front of him.
The Dons tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the third, whenArchibald’s counter part on the mound, Loyola’s Will Glock tripled with two away, and then scored on a wild pitch.
The Pats got three in the fifth off of Loyola reliever Austin Mumaw, with some assistance from a few lapses by the Dons’ defense.
After Matthew Rodriquez singled, and Astle walked, Nico Santoro plated Rodriguez with a single. A throwing error on the play allowed Astle to also score.
Archibald then reached on an infield error, and he would come around to score after a Stelio Stakas single and another wild throw by the Don’s.
That’s all that Archibald would need as he shut the Dons down on five hits the rest of the way.
Archibald got a big boost from the Patriots’ defense in the bottom of the fifth. After Krack and Holcomb singled, the John Carroll defense turned a 6-4-3 double play to get to the Patriots out of trouble.
Regarding his high pitch count throughout the game, Archibald said he had continuing conversation with coach Siler throughout the game.
“I came out a little rough and I didn’t really have a feel for my motion or any of my pitches,” said the University of Arizona commit. “Then as the second inning came on, a little bit of a fire lit inside me and it came together. I focused and got in the zone.
“I was at 100 pictures before I went out to finish the seventh. I asked coach to give me the ball to go out there and finish the game.”
Coach Siler said that there were a couple of moments when he thought he might give someone else another look, “especially when you start going three times through the lineup.
“But he’s the kind of pitcher that as the game goes on he gets stronger,” said the second-year Patriots’ skipper.
Archibald, Hunter Tipton and ace Nick Collier have been stalwarts on the mound for Siler all season.
“Nick Collier is a lights out pitcher, and Archibald had a tremendous outing today,” added Siler.
Archibald said that Loyola is a great team. “At the end of the day we pulled through and got our jobs done.”
Loyola skipper Mike Kelly differed on mound strategy. Kelly limited his ace starter Will Glock to three innings of work.
“We brought Will out after three, but the other guys just couldn’t hold them.”
Archibald, Tyler Bittersdorf, Stakis and Rodriguez all had two hits on the day the Patriots. Leadoff hitter Astle reached base four times by drawing three walks and getting a single, and he scored two runs.
With the loss the defending conference champion Dons (7-7 overall) fell to 4-5 in league play.
Editor’s Note: Saturday’s John Carroll/Loyola game was lived streamed on the VSN Facebook page. Click here to view the full game video.
NO. 1 JOHN CARROLL 6, NO. 15 LOYOLA 3
JC 002 032 0 — 6 8 0
LOY 101 000 0 — 2 8 3
Archibald and Stakias; Glock, Mumaw (4), Snider (7), and Reynolds