Luck ’O the Irish shines on Cardinals
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 10:02
By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
TURPIN, Okla. — With St. Patrick’s Day a few days away, the Shamrock High School baseball team certainly dressed the part with its green uniforms. But the luck of the Irish didn’t shine on Shamrock Monday afternoon.
The Turpin Cardinals got five solid innings from pitcher Andrew Bowers and timely hitting to post an 8-1 over the Fightin’ Irish at Turpin High School. The win gives the Cardinals a 2-2 record, with a week off before heading to Buffalo on March 21.
“Andrew’s not a real overpowering pitcher, but he puts the ball over the plate,” Turpin head coach Mario Mendoza said. “He did a good job.”
Bowers gave up a run on four hits, struck out six and walked two as the Cardinals got all the runs they’d need in he bottom of the first.
Javier Alvarez walked and stole second, later scoring on a Matt Mendoza single. Mendoza scored on a double by Bowers.
Bowers struck out the side in the second, but the Irish (0-2) cut into Turpin’s slim lead with a single run in the top of the third to cut it to 2-1. Shamrock led off with a triple, and that runner scored on a sacrifice fly. The Irish had runners on first and second with two outs when Bowers got the final batter to pop out to short.
Turpin broke it open in the bottom of the third with three runs on two hits and a Shamrock error. Alvarez led off with a single, and Chance Dye reached on an error that plated Alvarez. Mendoza walked and Bowers singled in Dye for a 4-1 lead. Bradley Kinser walked to load the bases, and Edgar Anchondo made the Irish pay with a sacrifice grounder that scored Mendoza.
Two Bowers strike outs quelled a potential Shamrock rally in the fourth, and the Cardinals plated three more in the bottom of the fourth to put it out of reach.
The 3-run outburst came with two outs when Dye doubled, then scored on a Mendoza double. Mendoza scored when Bowers reached second on an error, then Kinser singled in pinch runner Luis Pureco for the final run of the game.
Head coach Mario Mendoza said the Cardinals are still committing too many mental mistakes — but they’re coming down compared to the first few games. With time off for Spring Break, “We’ve got time to work on that stuff,” Mendoza said.
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