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Cape KO's Squirrels

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Cape Senior Bab Ruth's Blake Gaddis is tagged out by Charleston's Eric Rolwing.
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Fighting Squirrels followed up a second place performance in their own wood bat tournament this weekend, by taking one on the chin against Cape Girardeau Senior Babe Ruth, 14-3 on Monday at Hillhouse Park.

Charleston won the second game of the doubleheader 7-2 behind a complete game victory by Paul Bucher, allowing four hits with one earned run and six strikeouts. Further details from the game were not available at press time.

In the first game, Cape (4-3) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.

The Squirrels (3-4) never could get any offense going until it was too late, but even worse, the team's defense had a night to forget, committing eight errors.

Cape took full advantage of each one as they ripped 14 hits, including five for extra bases.

Charleston's Tyler Branum throws a pitch.
"We hit the ball well and they gave us a few extra chances that I'm sure they regret," said Cape coach Steve Dirnberger. "We can swing it well at times. We're capable of hitting well. When we get on a roll we're hard to stop. We had our hitting shoes on today."

Leading the charge for Cape was third baseman Blake Gaddis, who went 4-4 with two triples and two doubles, including seven RBIs.

"He was unreal. That's a monster game -- a career game for him, no doubt," said Dirnberger. "But he's got a lot of power. When he's on he can drive the ball well."

Charleston coach Michael Minner knew his team was in trouble early on as his pitcher, Tyler McCann, was falling behind in the count, which led to hard hit balls.

"He was behind in counts a lot -- hitters become better hitters when they know a fastball is coming," said Minner. "We didn't do a good job of getting ahead and we couldn't field it either. If you don't play defense and don't throw strikes you're not going to win ballgames, and we didn't do much of either. Cape's a good ballclub and they hit it when we did throw strikes. They put it in play, made us make plays, and we didn't do it."

Cape took the 5-0 lead in the first with Gaddis' bases-clearing triple being the big blow.

Cape increased the lead to 7-0 in the third with an RBI-double by Gaddis. It was 8-0 in the fourth on Gaddis' bases-loaded walk. Three straight errors led to a run in the top of the fifth to make it 9-0.

But the Squirrels didn't quit. With the 10-run rule looming, Charleston fought back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Nick Johnson and Mark Freed each had RBI-singles. Matt Medlock had a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 9-3.

The Squirrels wouldn't get any closer as Cape tacked on five more runs in the top of the seventh to reach the final margin.

"We wanted to end it early, but we'll take this," said Dirnberger. "I mean, 14-3, that's a real good game for us. (Charleston) is a really good ballclub. They've sort of been the class of this Babe Ruth program for a while, so we're proud we beat them."

Jacob Valleroy went 2-6 with three runs and a double for Cape. Luke Moll went 2-4 with an RBI and two runs. Tyler Propst was 2-4 with two runs and an RBI. Justin Myers, who was also the winning pitcher, went 2-4 with an RBI and a run.

Myers was solid on the mound in picking up the victory. He threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs off four hits with six strikeouts and one walk. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

Justin Myers had a heck of a game -- he had a no-hitter for a while," said Dirnberger.

Chad Friend threw the final 2/3 innings to close out the game.

"Offensively we just didn't swing the bat," said Minner. "Their kid threw it well on the mound, but I didn't think he threw it that well, but he got us out so you have to credit him."

McCann was saddled with the loss in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters and walked four.

Johnson, Freed, Colin Gilooly and Zach Rowland had Charleston's lone hits.

Over the weekend, Charleston took second in its own wood bat tournament. They defeated Fulton (Mo.) 16-10 in the first game, defeated Calvert City 5-3 in the semifinals and fell to Scott County 12-2 in the championship game.

Against Fulton, Charleston took advantage of 12 walks. Taylor White and Rowland each had triples. Paul Johnson had two hits. Dallas Tew, Gilooly and Brink Naile each had one hit.

Against Calvert City, the Squirrels got a big pitching performance from Jamie Barber. He threw seven innings, allowing just four hits and no walks with four strikeouts.

In the championship contest, Paul Bucher had two hits and Paul Johnson and White each had one hit. Naile was the losing pitcher.