Gilman sophomore pitches the Greyhounds past Loyola
by Joe DiBlasi
When Loyola ace Matt Wyatt took the mound in the bottom of the first inning at Gilman on Wednesday afternoon, there were Major League Scouts in the stands to watch his performance from the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles.
Wyatt’s skill and potential were evident, despite a tough first inning in which six of the first eight Gilman batters he faced hit safely. Those same scouts, however, got a good look at another ace – Gilman sophomore Peter Huebeck, who fanned 13 Dons and led his team to an important, 6-2, MIAA A Conference victory.
Casey Bishop, Pierce Bennett, Jackson McCambridge, Cole Philippou, and Ryan Martinez all had singles, and Tyler Martinez had a booming triple in the first against Wyatt, as the third-ranked Greyhounds (17-8, 10-4 MIAA A) scored four runs on six hits. It was all Heubeck would need.
Heubeck, a fire-balling sophomore, worked six innings, allowing just three hits and one run, to help snap Loyola’s six game winning streak.
Gilman coach Larry Sheets, a former star himself for the Baltimore Orioles, told his team to take advantage of the opportunity.
“Scouts were here to see somebody, and then somebody else shows up,” said Sheets. “He has good movement on his fastball. He throws his curveball for strikes, and he has a good changeup. The pitch count goes up when you’re a strikeout pitcher, and he was at 101 after six Innings, so we went to the bullpen.”
Heubeck said he felt strong.
“I felt pretty good out there.” said the tall righty. “My curveball was my best pitch today. I kept it down in the dirt and it was my strike-out pitch.”
Bishop, Bennett and Tyler Martinez were a collective 7-for-8 on the day. Bishop had three hits and scored two runs, Bennett was 2-for-2 with a sac-fly, two RBI’s and he scored two runs, and Tyler Martinez was 2-for-3 with a triple, single and an RBI.
On the offensive display off of Loyola ace Wyatt, Sheets said, “We were aggressive early, and we were able to put some runs on the board. This is the team I expected to see at this point in the season.”
On the rocky first inning Wyatt said, “I kept leaving the ball up, and they capitalized on it. After that inning, I felt pretty comfortable. It took me a while to settle in, and I wasn’t locating well”.
Loyola skipper Mike Kelly gave Gilman credit.
“They got the bat on the ball, and Heubeck threw a great game,” said Kelly. “We struck out way too many times, and we weren’t able to make anything happen.”
Despite the loss, Kelly said, “I think Matt (Wyatt) pitched a good game.”
It was the first loss in the last seven outings in conference play for Loyola (8-7, 8-5). The Dons had topped Archbishop Curley, McDonogh, Mount St. Joseph (twice), St. Paul’s and Archbishop Spalding, consecutively, to move into playoff contention.
Pictured above: Tyler Martinez, Pierce Bennett, and Casey Bishop (left to right) were a collective 7 for 8, they scored 5 runs, and drove in 3.
NO. 3 GILMAN 6, LOYOLA 2
LOY 001 000 1 — 2 5 1
GIL 410 010 x — 6 10 0
Wyatt and E. Reynolds; Heubeck, Tripp (7), and Mallas
2B: LOY-Dinoto, E. Reynolds, GIL-Bishop, Bennett.