Sargent dazzles as Cavs go on road for Saturday morning win at Mount St. Joe
by Joe DiBlasi
Timely hitting, outstanding pitching and flawless defense were the key ingredients that helped Archbishop Spalding snap a brief two game losing streak with a 4-0 MIAA A Conference victory over Mount St. Joseph, Saturday morning in Irvington.
Lefty Eddie Sargent threw five innings of two-hit shutout ball to notch the win for Coach Joe Palumbo, and he chipped in on offense, helping the Cavs grab a quick 1-0 lead, in the top of the second, with a sacrifice fly to center that plated Tyler Smith.
A two-run single from clean-up hitter Ben Wieman in the top of the fifth gave the Cavs a three-run cushion, and Palumbo’s bullpen made it stand up.
“I was down two strikes and I was trying to shorten up and put something in play and do my job,” the humble Wieman said. “This was a must win for us after that losing streak.”
When the Cavs’ Zach Ford came on in the sixth, the Gaels threatened with back-to-back one out singles, but Palumbo summoned sophomore Cody Sharman to the the mound, and the right-hander got the last five Gaels in order seal the win.
The win allowed the Cavaliers, (7-3 overall) to tie Archbishop Curley for first place in the conference with a 5-2 league mark. The Mount fell to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the A Conference.
Sargent said he relied on his curve ball.
“My most effective pitch was my curveball and I was able to locate it on the outside half of the plate and stay ahead of the hitters today.”
Palumbo praised the effort.
“A true ace comes out on the road when your on a losing streak and stops the losing streak,” said Palumbo. “He gave us five phenomenal innings.”
Wieman and Thomas Joseph each had two hits for the Cavs.
“Hats off to them,” said Gaels skipper Phil Kraska said. “They played a good game and never made a mistake. Their pitcher kept us off balance and we weren’t able to get anything going. It’s tough to win a baseball game if you don’t get anything going offensively. We have a bye on Tuesday, and will see them again at Spalding on Thursday, and we will try to bounce back.”
Pictured above: Archbishop Spalding’s Eddie Sargent held St. Joe scoreless through five innings of work, yielding just two hits to notch the win.
ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 4, MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 0
AS 010 020 1 — 4 6 0
MSJ 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
AS-Sargent, Z. Ford (6), Sharman (6) and McNally; MSJ-P. Bauer, Whittaker (5), Grieb (7), and Sweeney
WP-Sargent LP.-P. Bauer
2B: AS-Joseph; MSJ- Lantz.