Linsly blanks Oak Glen 13-0 in five

WHEELING–After patiently awaiting the arrival of baseball season, the Linsly hitters continued to show patience at the plate in their season opener.

The Cadets’ first six batters reached base via walk as they pushed eight runs across the plate in the first inning on their way to a 13-0 win over Oak Glen at Holloway Field on Monday.

Linsly drew nine walks in the five-inning victory and added seven timely hits, as well.

“I was really proud of them,” Linsly coach Jay Cartwright said. “We are trying to get quality at-bats and trying to make sure they are swinging at the right pitches. We did that (Monday).

“We waited on good pitches and worked some counts and that patience paid off. Their pitcher was struggling a little bit and we just have to take advantage of those situations as hitters. You can’t really push the envelop and chase something out of the zone.”

The Cadets also took advantage of four errors by the Golden Bears, one in each inning of the game.

“We can’t start the game off with six walks and four errors in the field,” Oak Glen coach T.J. Miller said. “We made some mistakes but we are a young team and they are going to make some mistakes.

“I put them in position to see what they got. All we can do is improve, get better and have a short memory.”

On the hill for Cartwright’s squad was senior Jake Auten, who spun a three-hitter in four innings, while striking out four and walking three.

The 2018 campaign started off with an early 3-0 lead for Linsly before anyone even swung the bat. Following six consecutive walks to start the game, Miller made a pitching change as Michael Lemley came in to relieve Josh Cline.

After a Marshall Taylor groundout to score a run, Jules Giovengo delivered a RBI knock and Nate Rush plated a pair on a hit up the middle to cap off an eight-run first.

Eli Petho kicked off the second frame with a single and made his way around the bases thanks to a wild pitch, a passed ball and another RBI groundout by Taylor.

Giovengo garnered his second RBI later in the frame with a line drive to left-center field that scored Hunter Kelley and softened the cushion to 10-0.

Freshman Kobe Hill made his presence felt in the fourth with a RBI hit and the Cadets added two more on an error, to complete the opening day scoring.

Lee Cartwright pitched a scoreless fifth inning for Linsly, while Lemley tossed three innings of relief and finished with a pair of strikeouts for Oak Glen, before Blake Almo pitched the fourth, walking two and striking out one.

“We just got in a hole early that we couldn’t climb out of,” Miller said. “Hats off to Linsly. They have a great program and they are well coached and very disciplined and they showed that (Monday). Jay does a really good job with them and this game just shows us where we’re at early in the season. We’ll just have to get after it and get better.”

OAK GLEN: 000 00 — 0 3 4

LINSLY 820 3X –13 7 1

O–Cline lp (0SO, 6W), Lemley (1) (2SO, 0W), Almo (4) (1SO, 2W) and Walls.

L–Auten wp (4SO, 3W), Cartwright (5) (1SO, 0W) and V. Giovengo. J. Giovengo S, D, 2RBI; Rush S, 2RBI; Gorvence RBI; Petho S, RBI; Papadimitiou RBI; Taylor 2RBI; Hill 2S, RBI.