2019-04-10 / Sports

Pitching Staff Leads Blue Devils To Win Over Gilboa

By Rosie Cunningham

MARGARETVILLE - Margaretville defeated Gilboa 7-1 Monday on the baseball diamond.

According to Margaretville Coach John Bernhardt, sophomore pitcher Connor Joedicke earned 13 strikeouts to lead the Blue Devils.

“Our win started as a pitching duel between Margaretville’s Connor Joedicke and Gilboa’s Cameron Smith,” said Bernhardt. “Through the first four innings of play, MCS led 2-0, but of the 24 outs registered over that time span by both teams 22 came by strikeout. At that point Joedicke had struck out 12 Wildcats and Smith 10 Blue Devils.

Joedicke was on a strict pitch count because Margaretville would be facing Jefferson, a tough Delaware League foe on Thursday and should Joedicke pitch in that game, his pitch count would be limited.

“So strike efficiency was critical for the young pitcher,” said Bernhardt. “In addition, Margaretville choose to split the pitching assignment with Joedicke pitching to the top of the Gilboa batting order, batter’s one through six and Ian Stanton facing the bottom of the order and occasionally the top if he had already logged two outs in the innings when the batting order turned.”

And at the plate, Bernhardt said it was a great day for Blue Devil Justin Johnson.

“The junior right fielder went 3-for-4 with a double and scored two runs,” he said. “Margaretville got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning when with the bases loaded Trevor Ferrero drilled a two-run line drive single to right field. After four innings of stellar pitching, the Blue Devils gained a little breathing room in the fifth when Smith lost the plate. With one out Smith walked Billy Miller. Stanton then blasted a long double bringing Miller all the way home for the score. Ferrero was walked and both runners advanced on a soft ground out to shortstop for the second out of the inning. Each Blue Devil base runner would score on wild pitches, giving Margaretville a 5-0 lead and clearing the bases. Ivan Herrera would follow with a long triple but was stranded there.”

Gilboa’s lone hit came from Frankie Diamond with two outs in the seventh inning, avoiding the combined no-hitter and bringing in Gilboa’s lone run.

Margaretville (2-0) hosts Jefferson on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

The Gilboa girls earned a pair of victories over visiting Margaretville in a non-league doubleheader Monday, with the score of Gilboa 17, Margaretville 1 in the first game and Gilboa 5, Margaretville 1 in the second.

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