Crusaders sweep Belpre, improve to 8-0

DAVISVILLE – Parkersburg Catholic continued its torrid early-season bat attack Saturday afternoon, banging out 15 hits in a 11-1 five-inning win over visiting Belpre in the first game of a doubleheader at Romine Field.

The Crusaders, now 7-0, led 9-0 after just two innings by virtue of a five-run first frame and four-run second stanza, then finished off the now 1-4 Golden Eagles with single tallies in the fourth and fifth.

On the mound too, Catholic was dominant as sophomore righthander Andrew Cinalli hurled a two-hitter, with the only run he surrendered being unearned. Cinalli also singled in two runs to end the scoring in the first that was begun by Jake Boice’s RBI single.

Shortstop Jake Ullman, a former Belpre player, led the way for PC, going 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs. Nick Roedersheimer went 3-for-3, Cory Casto 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, and Mitch Davis 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Ullman smacked a pair of two-run singles in the first as Catholic batted around, and also in the second as the Crusaders sent eight men to the plate. In the second, Austin Luther and Casto followed Ullman’s hit with back-to-back run-scoring doubles.

Casto singled in PC’s fourth-inning run and to open the fifth, the Crusaders strung together infield singles by Ryan Helm and Roedersheimer, then two regular singles by Boice and Davis to plate their 11th run, halting the game via the five-inning, 10-run rule.

Cinalli gave up just a one-out single in the third to Andy Stines and a two-out, run-scoring double in the fifth to Kole Counts. He allowed only two other base-runners on a walk and an error.

”We’re swinging the bats pretty well,’ said Catholic head coach Tom Harvey ”But hitting’s contagious they always say, and I guess it’s working for us all up and down the lineup. We hit some solid and we hit some in between ’em, kind of spraying it out there to put pressure on the defense to make plays.”

Plus, added Harvey, ”Cinalli was throwing strikes today. He was doing well, rolling right along, and got himself out of a couple little binds.”

The second game of the twinbill, though, proved to be a lot closer than the opener, although Catholic still won 5-3 to run its record to 8-0 this season.

The Crusaders again scored early with four runs in the first inning and another in the second, then held off the late-rallying Golden Eagles (1-5), who tallied three runs in the sixth, two on Mike Simonetti’s triple.

Catholic starter Mike Hinton pitched the first four frames, with six strikeouts and two walks, to pick up the victory with relief help from Tony Borrelli and Luther, who notched a save. Hayden Plummer went the distance for Belpre with five whiffs and a walk.

Topping PC’s hitting were Roedersheimer (2-4, double, 2 RBIs), Boice (2-3, double) and Ullman (RBI).